Best described as a “time-traveling wildlife artist,” Jenn Cotton works with scientists to resurrect prehistoric creatures through artwork to the delight of dinosaur fans worldwide. Her work, known for its drama and dynamism, has featured in several museums, a book, and newspapers around the world.
Life fascinates me, and I love to explore. Inspiration can come from anywhere. I constantly explore the world around me through the lens of my sketchbook. The goal is to capture a bit of genuine life that can then be channeled into the illusion of life in my final artwork.
My life mission is to inspire curiosity. For this reason, I work hard to champion museums. Dinosaur museums are places where the young and old can come to practice the mindset of curiosity, a mindset which can then be applied to learning not only about science, but about opposing philosophical, political, and religious viewpoints. It is my belief that the seed of curiosity, if planted and tended in the human heart, will break down the hatred and prejudice at the root of the world's problems. If humanity hates what it doesn't understand, and doesn't want to understand what it hates, then the one bridge to love is the desire to understand the “other”—in a word, curiosity. If we can find the desire—the curiosity—to understand each other, then humanity can find a compassionate oneness—a Pangea of the heart.
Jenn earned her BFA in Concept Art at Brigham Young University and got her start as a professional paleo-artist working at the BYU Museum of Paleontology under Dr. Rod Scheetz and Dr. Brooks Britt. Jenn currently works at the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden, Utah as resident paleo-artist and a member of the education department. When not dinosauring, Jenn enjoys writing, personal artwork, music, the martial arts, and adventures with her wife and son. She resides with her family in eastern Laramidia, near the Niobrara coast.