About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2004 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) Peter Trusler

Two-Dimensional Art — Peter William Trusler

Photo courtesy of Peter Wiliam Trusler.

Trusler is a Melbourne freelance artist and a zoological science graduate from Monash University, Clayton. He holds a special interest in natural history and was a foundation member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia . From the publication of his paintings in Kloot and McCulloch's " Birds of Australian Gardens " in 1980; Trusler's work has been highly regarded internationally. His illustrations have featured in numerous popular and scientific publications in fields as diverse as geology, palaeontology, anatomy, ornithology, ecology, psychology and related educational subjects. Trusler was awarded the Lanzendorf Scientific Illustration prize in 2001 and enjoys the challenge of working directly with the scientific community to illustrate and promote new research. His passion for various forms of realism has enabled him to explore such a diversity of subjects and regardless of whether a work is a landscape, portrait or paleo subject, his paintings communicate with an intense personal resonance.


Three-Dimensional Art — Gary Staab

Photo courtesy of Gary Staab.

Gary Staab produces natural history and prehistoric life models for museums, publishing and film. Staab's work demonstrates a passion for natural forms both past and present. His sculptures and models can be seen are displayed in the halls of the Smithsonian, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the American Museum of Natural History, and many others.

He began his first museum exhibit experience for the Hastings Museum of Natural History in Nebraska back in 1986. Since then he has made hundreds of models, ranging in size from an enlarged flea model to life-size dinosaurs. Staab has been a member of SVP since 1995. He is actively engaged in anatomical dissection and dialog with scientists to aid in the restoration of prehistoric life forms.

Thanks goes to John J. Lanzendorf for sponsoring the paleoart award and my wife Lissi who supports my obsessive interest in all things prehistoric.


Scientific Illustration — Pat M. Ortega 

Photo courtesy of Pat M. Ortega.

As a youngster Pat Ortega often visited zoos and museums, where she enjoyed drawing what she saw. One of her favorites was Hancock Park , with its bubbling tar and old observation pit. But it was at the Natural History Museum that Pat had the opportunity to view dioramas of modern wildlife and the bones of ancient beasts, as well as their reconstructions through the art of Charles R. Knight and others. It was Pat's discovery of the Knight book 'Life through the ages," which provided a template for her future work.

Already an accomplished young artist, Pat developed a real sense for anatomy and a knack for putting flesh on the bone. For many years Ms. Ortega was known as the "Monster Girl," for her many Fantasy and Science Fiction inspired illustrations. Pat's creations were so unique and seemed to be alive, because her creatures were "born", built up, from the bones up. As her techniques became more refined, Pat worked her way back to Wildlife, Dinosaurs, and Prehistoric Mammals.

Pat Ortega's attention to detail and quiet nature have developed her into an award winning illustrator, who's artworks grace the pages of more than sixty books and publications. In recent years, Pat's reputation has earned the opportunity to be a research associate at the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, where she has contributed her designs to many of their projects.

Ortega lives in Los Angeles , and can often be found drawing at the museum.