PULLMAN, Wash.- Artist and author Ray Troll (M.F.A. ’81) has found the secret to success—or make that rediscovered the secret to success.
“I’m still in love with dinosaurs, and I still like to just have a good time playing music, drawing pictures, and following my muse,” he said happily in a recent interview.
Troll’s key to success—his muse—is well scripted: a fusion of fine art, hard science, and a liberal dose of the ancient world, including dinosaurs.
The Ketchikan, Alaska, resident admits to having known his life’s direction since he was four. He just didn’t recognize it then for what it was.
“My original muse might have been dinosaurs. I was a paleo-geek at age four—I just didn’t forsake it when I was nine—and I still am a paleo-geek,” he admits with pride.

As an adult, his interest has expanded beyond the Cretaceous period (the death knell for the dinosaur), from the Holocene epoch (a mere 10,000 years ago) back to the Archean eon (2.5 billion years ago), and includes prehistoric fish and fossils of all kinds. The surreal images he creates nurture his passion for the science of extinction. And while his artwork depicts these creatures in a playful way, it is also lauded for its scientific accuracy, earning him a Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

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