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Richard Ellis: Naturalist, Author, Painter
By Angela Messina, August 22, 2012 @ 07:32 PM (EST)
Source: New York Times

A recent profile in the New York Times highlights the achievements of Richard Ellis, a man known for his enthusiasm for ocean life and for his paintings and books that explore this theme.

Without a degree in science or credentials to back his name, Ellis’s career was built mainly on determination and curiosity. It all began when he was hired by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to design the now famous blue whale that hangs in the Hall of Ocean Life.

Since then, Ellis has gone on to write several books on sea life, befriend Peter Benchley (author of Jaws), do a series of paintings for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and work toward demystifying the animals of the ocean world, especially sharks.

When speaking of aquatic animals and his passion for them to the New York Times, Ellis said, “I don’t want them maligned. I don’t want them killed. I don’t want them misunderstood. And it became my job, my passion, to eliminate the misunderstandings.”

Read the New York Times profile here.





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