Don Dixon







Don Dixon

Don Dixon

Long Beach, CA


Don Dixon is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). Honored by NASA and the New York Society of Illustrators, his artwork has been featured on the covers of Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Bild der Wissenschaft, and dozens of books, ranging from physics compendiums to science fiction novels.His painting Red Mars, cover art for the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's award winning trilogy, rode the Phoenix spacecraft to a successful landing in the arctic region of the Red Planet in 2008 as part of the Planetary Society's digital 'Martian Library.' Since 1991 he has served as Art Director at Griffith Observatory, atop Mount Hollywood, where he directed and co-authored the acclaimed full-dome animated film Centered in the Universe. He has been Artist Guest of Honor at several science fiction conventions and has exhibited in Oslo, Berlin, and New York.

Don Dixon began his artistic career in the 1970's, creating animation to illustrate NASA's early missions to the planets. He has been a guest of NASA at several space exploration "firsts", such as the Viking 1 landing on Mars and the Pioneer 11 flyby of Saturn, for which he designed the mission logo. Like all in the field, Dixon was influenced by the work of Chesley Bonestell, who believed that scientific accuracy was essential in the astronomical art genre. He stays abreast of developments in physics and astronomy by consulting with prominent scientists as he illustrates their latest discoveries for popular publications.

Most of Dixon's early work was created in oil or acrylic paints. Since the late 1990's, his scientific illustrations have been created digitally on a Mac computer. Private commissions and murals are executed with oil paints on canvas or Masonite panel.

Van Gogh, Vermeer, Albert Bierstadt, and Edmund Dulac are among his favorite artists. He enjoys classical music, telephoto nature photography, reading history and the occasional thriller novel, and following developments in science and technology. He is a citizen of the United States and Italy.

You can seen more of Don's art at


Fire Sanctuary


Early Earth -Detail


Exploring Mars Nanedi Valles


Saturn from Iapetus




Foundation Trilogy


Lord of the Rings


Cosmic Evolution


Monte Carlo Meteor


Autumn Glade


Cosmic Inflation


Red Giant Sun


The Cat's Eye Nebula


Lonely Universe


Cosmic Dark Ages


Beneath Saturn's Rings


Saturn Glory


Quantum Cosmos


Cosmic Brane


Ice World


Huygens Probe Lands on Titan


Across the Sea of Suns


Early Earth