“It has been a real pleasure working with Jon to reconstruct what Scotland was like 170 million years ago when dinosaurs thundered across the land. He is a master at setting a scene: visualizing ancient environments to such a degree of wonder and accuracy that you almost feel as if you are there. Jon is one of the most respected palaeoartists in the business, and for good reason."
Steve Brusatte, Ph.D.
Chancellor's Fellow, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Reconstructing prehistoric life through scientific understanding and artistic endeavour is a recognised and valuable process, serving to bridge the gap between the scientist and the layman, to breathe life into dusty bones and create a window into Earth’s most distant past.
Indeed, good palaeontological reconstruction is the basis for many popular films, documentaries and television shows, and carries with it a responsibility for accuracy and careful consideration of detail.
Viewing the past through the long lens of time is not and will never be an exact science, rather it is a careful synthesis of scientific principles and artistic skill to create as accurately as possible, a representation of how an animal or environment may have looked at a given time in prehistory.
What follows is a sample of my palaeontological artworks produced over a twenty-five year period. In 2001, with the endorsement of palaeontologists in Australia, I was awarded a ‘distinguished talent’ visa, and subsequent citizenship of Australia, “For the perceived value of my skills to that nation.”
My work has appeared in books, magazines, posters, exhibitions and on television, in Europe, Asia, Oceania and North America.
As a STEM. (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) ambassador in the United Kingdom, I am dedicated to promoting Earth Science through talks and lectures to the public and school programmes for young learners.
I am also a member of PalAlba, an organisation set up to promote and preserve Scotland’s unique fossil heritage.
My artworks are available to licence for reproduction, or to hire in physical form for exhibition and display. I would be happy to discuss any requirements you may have to commission new palaeontological reconstructions.
Art of Ancient Life, Science & Illustration