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Nick Mayer is an award-winning nature illustrator whose style blends the natural beauty of fish and other marine life with a unique scientific perspective. Nick uses his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University as tools to study and help in the conservation of fish. He is a former marine biologist and a lifelong fly-fishing addict.

Striped Bass Art
An illustration of a striped bass by artist Nick Mayer.

While investigating the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on salmon, restoring habitat for the last wild strain of steelhead in the Columbia River, and studying the nesting habits of sea turtles in Costa Rica, Nick kept detailed sketchbooks to later use as references in his watercolors.

False Albacore
A resplendent drawing of a false albacore – a local favorite for many fishermen and women in the Northeast.

After going overboard on a commercial fishing vessel into the Bering Sea and then narrowly avoiding a float plane crash in Northern Labrador, Nick decided to pursue his true calling as an artist. His paintings are not just portraits of nature, they are windows into real experiences—his experiences. His deep passion for aquatic life shows in each meticulous painting.

Nick has authored and illustrated Wild Oceans Coloring and in An Angler’s Journal. He is currently working on Fish ABCs, an alphabet book for children.


Instagram: @nickmayerart

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