ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nick Jainschigg was born in New York City and grew up near the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. The two influences of art and natural science have been with him ever since. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he pursued a career in science fiction and fantasy illustration, producing hundreds of covers and interiors for most of the major (and many minor) publishers. He discovered the computer as a means of expression in the late 1990s and hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep since. During his daylight hours he has been painting landscapes—
Oh, to heck with it, it’s me. I've been painting landscapes for many years now. I love landscapes. Especially any area amid the urban/suburban bustle that manages to be calm. Hidden areas that may not be pristine wilderness, but that, through their quietude, are a refuge for wildlife and thought. Classically beautiful landscapes interest me a lot less than the amazing beauty that can be found in the places between: between parking lots, between buildings, between culverts or roads. These are the places where animals carry on their lives in the modern world. Birds build their nests, small mammals hunt their prey, and I, as a kid, used to escape to. Nowadays, as an artist, I'm still allowed to.
My work has been featured in or written about in publications from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Ballantine Books, PBS Interactive, The New York Times, Wizards of the Coast, Tor Books, Scholastic Inc., MacMillan Publishing, Domino Magazine, Paramount, and Viacom. My digital paleontological reconstructions have been featured on the Discovery Channel and at the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Maastricht Natural History Museum and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
And I’ve never lost my love for museum displays. My diorama and mural work are on display at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.