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about the artist

"Cosmic Cauldron" is the painting in the center of this photo taken onboard the Mir Space Station in Earth Orbit.

Marilynn Flynn's artwork has appeared in numerous books, magazines, TV programs, DVDs, science exhibits, art shows and websites. Her paintings have been commissioned by such prestigious organizations as the Earth & Space Foundation, The Planetary Society and NASA. She was also a founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as well as in private and corporate art collections. A participant of the NASA Fine Arts Program, she was a member of the art team for the tragic Challenger 51-L mission.

Marilynn always wanted to be an astronaut and loves flying. She began painting aviation art to pay tribute to aerial firefighters and the aircraft they fly. Her husband was a wildland firefighter who flew P2V Neptune airtankers.

In 1995 her painting of "Cosmic Cauldron" was selected as one of twenty paintings that were launched to the Mir space station, where it orbited Earth for several months as part of "Ars Ad Astra", the first group art exhibit in space. Two of her sketches are also on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan-engraved on a CD made by ESA which is attached to the Huygens lander.


airtanker art designs
aviation prints