James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of Moche, Kushite, and Etruscan civilizations. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Norton Museum of Art and many other art museums. His art instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010) was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book on painting for over 152 weeks. Gurney has won the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. In 2011 he was named a Grand Master by Spectrum Fantastic Art and a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center. He has also blogged daily at GurneyJourney for almost 10 years, and has written 42 consecutive articles for International Artist magazine.