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Award Winning Nature Illustrator Nick Mayer to Teach Catalina Island Art Workshop Exploring Feathers and Birds

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Nick Mayer, a marine biologist, author and full time nature illustrator whose art and style embraces the natural beauty of fish and other marine life with a unique scientific perspective will be visiting Catalina Island to teach a workshop in watercolor painting.

The three day workshop titled “Focus on Feathers,” will be held at Overlook Hall, 209 East Whittley Ave on July 17, 18, & 19.  Sessions will be held from 9am- 3pm each day.  The workshop is open to participants of all abilities.  Interested parties can contact Karen King in person at Afishinados, 205 Crescent Ave, by phone: 310-510-2440 or via email :

Nick Mayer was the 2016 Billfish Foundation Artist of the Year and is the illustrator of the Catalina divers’ field guide, Catalina Island Dive Buddies, written by Catalina residents Mike Rivkin and Jon Council, published by Silverfish Press in 2013.  Mayer also wrote and illustrated the new marine-themed adult coloring book, Wild Oceans, which was published by Fox Chapel Press, at the end of last year.

Mayer’s art has also made a strong impression on Nautica Inc’s creative design team. So much so that they were licensed to create and distribute a line of Nick Mayer signature apparel with the collection launched in the summer of 2015.  Nautica licensed 12 of Mayer’s vividly detailed watercolor illustrations of fish.  Its theme, “The Fish of Fiji” designs were selected by Nautica Graphics Senior Manager Malcolm Crews.  “The team is really excited about these images—they were all tremendously received.” said Malcolm.

Orvis’ Phil Monahan describes Mayer’s talent as follows, “With undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University and experience working for fish-and-game departments in Alaska and Oregon, Mayer brings passion, scientific understanding, and precision to his work, which he sees as an aid to studying and helping in the conservation of fish.”

Fred Polhemus, sporting art specialist at the renowned J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, CT describes Mayer’s work as follows, “In today's world of Sporting Art, Nick Mayer is simply one of the best practitioners in the market. In terms of fish portraits, Nick is among the top two or three practitioners in the world. His work is that good and he delivers renderings of fish that are not only technically accurate, convincing and powerful but are also fresh, spontaneous and full of life.”

Nick’s work can be found in bookstores, galleries, and private collections in over 30 countries around the globe.  To see images of his work visit

For more information and/ or high res graphics please contact:
Karen King, President
Afishinados, Inc.


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