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For over 35 years space illustrator and designer Pat Rawlings has visually documented the future of space exploration. His realistic views of both human and robotic exploration provide a chronology of the plans, hopes and desires of the planet’s best space visionaries.



Rawlings’ paintings, digital images and designs have been reproduced in and on hundreds of magazines, books, television programs, films and as murals in both in the U.S. and abroad. His artwork for all of the NASA Centers reflects more than a quarter century of space exploration plans, ranging from robotic planetary missions to the human exploration of Mars and beyond. To ensure scientific and technical accuracy in his compositions, Mr. Rawlings consults with astronauts and experts in spacecraft design, mission design, mission operations, planetary geology, meteorology, and other related fields. The resulting photorealistic images give the viewer a sense of “being there.”

His art has been on the cover of Aviation Week and Space Technology 10 times. He has produced artwork for NASA, The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Lockheed, Ballantine Books, Tor Books, Analog, Time-Life Books, Scientific American Magazine , Encyclopaedia Brittanica, , Air and Space/Smithsonian Magazine, Walt Disney Television Productions, IMAX Space Films and NHK Publishing/Japan among others. Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan featured a dozen of Rawlings' paintings. His design of all the spacecraft and the colony in the 3D IMAX film, L5: First City in Space garnered national critical acclaim. In addition, he has provided preproduction art, conceptual designs, and technical advisory assistance for several other film projects. His original art is in collections across the US, in Great Britain, Australia, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.


In 2012,. Rawlings received the Space Education and Inspiration Award from The Federation of Galaxy Explorers. This award had previously been awarded to Bill Nye-The Science Guy, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and The Discovery Channel. Rawlings has a B.A. degree in Art from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He is a Charter Fellow, and former Trustee of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and is Creative Director of Visioneering LLC. 


He lives with his wife Linda and 2 dogs in Erie, Colorado just north of Denver..

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