Early in life, Beth developed a fascination with all living things-furry, feathery, scaly, creepy, and crawly. This passion led to a persistent love of natural history and biology, a love that now inspires and informs her career as a professional artist, muralist and illustrator.
Beth's interest in art lead her to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, where she found another passion in reconstructing extinct animals and landscapes from the fossil record, and visualizing civilizations long lost to antiquity. Working in both traditional and digital media, she specializes in large-scale landscape murals and reconstructions of prehistoric creatures.
Beth now spends most of her time as a principal artist and muralist for Blue Rhino Studio, a well-known museum design and fabrication firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she works with a small but talented group of awesome people and helps to create a wide range of custom art elements for prominent museums, zoos and cultural centers around the world.
Artist Beth Zaiken joins Moiya to talk about paleoart. Together, they answer questions like: How do artists work with museums to create gorgeous and educational exhibits about the ancient natural world? How has our understanding of the paleo world changed in the last few decades? And how does an artist decide what to include in the scene?
HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist
Interview with Scott Persons and Beth Zaiken, Dr. Scott Persons is a paleontologist and professor at the College of Charleston and the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, and Beth Zaiken is an artist and illustrator who specializes in natural science communication. Both worked on the upcoming book, Mega Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty.