Our latest Artist You Need To Know has an extensive and impressive resume. Patricia J. Wynne is a printmaker and illustrator who has won several awards for her work, and whose aesthetic includes images that incorporate a clarity of seeing, but others that are emotionally evocative, and almost ethereal.

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. 



A testament to Wynne’s skill is that Thyroptera wynneae (a species of disk – winged bat found in South America) was named in her honour, in recognition of her tenure as “artist-in-residence for the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Mammalogy. Of Wynne, the authors wrote, “Exceptional for clarity, elegant rendering, and meticulous attention to relevant detail, Patricia’s work is immediately recognizable and inimitable.”” (from here)


Wynne earned a graduate degree in printmaking at the University of Iowa while simultaneously attending the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught at the University of Windsor and Wayne State University as well as having been the staff artist for the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. This was all before her relocation to New York City, where she’s worked as a freelance artist and illustrator. During her career, Wynne has published with over twenty publishing houses (including Norton, McGraw Hill and Simon and Schuster), encompassing topics from fables to science. She currently works at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in midtown New York City.



Wynne is also married to a past artist we’ve featured, Maceo Mitchell: this is worth mentioning as you can see how these artists augment and influence each other, in their styles and aesthetics. More information about Patricia Wynne’s work can be seen here (at her site), and more information on her many books and collaborations can be found here.