Patricia J. Wynne

Patricia J. Wynne is an artist, printmaker, and freelance scientific illustrator based in New York City. She  works as a contract artist for scientists at research organizations around the world. Wynne has illustrated over 200 books for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cricket, and Scientific American. Her books have received awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. She received a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor for her book Hello, Bumblebee Bat, authored by Darrin Lunde. She studied printmaking at the University of Iowa and works at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in midtown New York City.
Holding a higher standard
“This superb design also blends words and images into a memorable and distinctive account.”
–Edward R. Tufte, author of Visual Explanations
“The figure conveys more of the story than I could get across with a tray full of data slides.”
–Lawrence M. Schwartz, University of Massachusetts
“Thank you for an enchanting drawing which I am sure has given pleasure to thousands.”
–Nicholas Wade, New York Times

“A wonderful meld of truth and beauty, her work defines the term scientific illustrator.
–Edward Bell, Art Director Emeritus, Scientific American

Recent books for adults

I have been fortunate over the years to work with an intelligent, clever and charming group of authors. Not only have they expanded my world, they have made me ponder, laugh, and at times even cry. I treasure them and here are some of our latest collaborations.

In addition, I authored two new books. Classic Sketchbook Cats is my first how-to book. I hope the readers will enjoy my exploration of cats through the eyes of artists through time. Audubon Birds is my latest contribution to the adult coloring book phenomenon. It was particularly interesting for me as I used Audubon's original watercolors rather that the famous engravings whenever possible. Audubon really knew his birds!

Just released!

My First Book About ... series titles now available

My First Book about... titles comprise the first series by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne since their beloved Small Square ecology set. We wanted to introduce science with clarity, humor, and fascination to very young children, inquiring adults, and everyone in between, addressing climate change, evolution, extinction, and ecological responsibility as well as the ever-wondrous workings of the natural world.

Recent and future titles

The Wisdom of Rhinos ­– 12 etchings of the five extant species

I am pleased to announce a new boxed set of etchings portraying members of the very endangered family of Rhinocerotidae. Of the five remaining species two, the black and the white rhinos, are from Africa and three, the Indian, the Sumatran, and the reclusive Javan (the most rare big mammal on earth), are native to Asia. All are endangered. Killed for their horns, which are worth as much a gold on the black market, all rhinos face extinction.

New Art

Solar etchings, dry points, monoprints, ink drawings and mixed media pieces: it has been a productive art year. Happily, the work has been in a number of juried shows and gathered prizes. Maceo and Patricia's two-person show at Salmagundi had many old and treasured friends visit and sales were excellent. Art remains an excellent way of life.