Richard Ellis is recognized as one of America’s foremost painters of marine natural history subjects. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. His published books include The Book of Sharks, The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, Men and Whales, Great White Shark (with John E. McCosker and Al Giddings), Physty: The True Story of a Young Whale’s Rescue, Monsters of the Sea, and Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss, Big Fish and s. Mr. Ellis has published more than 80 articles in such magazines as National Geographic, Audubon, and Geo, and he has led cruises in such places as Alaska and Antarctica for the American Museum of Natural History.