Program: The Art of Discovering Whales

November 8, 2021

Noyo Center Talks Science and Art with Larry Foster

Author and Whale Artist


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

6:30 PM PT on Zoom


In this program our guest is Larry Foster, Mendocino County whale artist and author of The Art of Discovering Whales. Mr. Foster is the only scientific artist to commit his entire fifty-plus-year career to producing anatomically correct portrayals of Cetacea—whales, dolphins, and por
poises. Foster’s pioneering images have been seen in the National Geographic, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife magazines, and scores of other publications, as well as in the bestseller The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins.

What do whales truly look like? To answer this question, Larry Foster has devoted decades of research and study to show whale lovers everywhere the true body shapes of whales, dolphins, and porpoises―Cetacea. His goal: to debunk the centuries-old myths that incorrectly presented whales as grotesque, blimp-like, and dangerous animals, and to accurately depict whales as the graceful, sleek, and streamlined marine mammals they really are.

The Art of Discovering Whales is a beautifully detailed look into Foster’s fifty-plus-year career as the only scientific artist to produce anatomically correct portrayals of 75+ species of whales with over 300 color images of his prolific whale artwork in every medium imaginable: drawings, paintings, stained-glass and life-size sculptures and more. Anyone who appreciates and is inspired by these truly majestic animals will be in wonder how no one individual has done so much in the field to correct any misinterpretations of the appearance of any group of animals.

You can purchase Larry Foster’s book on our website or it is available in the Discovery Center store at 338 N. Main St., Fort Bragg, CA.