Ray Troll

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Ray Troll
Raymond Michael Troll

(1954-03-04) March 4, 1954 (age 64)
Corning, New York
NationalityUnited States of America
Alma materWashington State University
Spouse(s)Michelle Troll

Ray Troll (born March 4, 1954) Attended Wichita Heights High School in Kansas, graduating in 1972. He is an American artist based in Ketchikan, Alaska.[1] He is best known for his scientifically accurate and often humorous artwork. His most well known design is "Spawn Till You Die", which has appeared in many places including the film Superbad[2] and being worn by Daniel Radcliffe[3]

Troll’s renditions of everything from salmon to marine mammals to creatures only found in the fossil record have become iconic in fishing, scientific, and environmental activism communities around the world. He seeks inspiration from extensive field work in marine science, paleontology, geology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. His paintings and mixed-media drawings are in the collections of the Miami Museum of Science, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Alaska Airlines, the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska State Museum, and the Ketchikan Museum.[4]

He has collaborated once again with Dr. Kirk Johnson, a director with the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. Entitled, “The Eternal Coastline: The Best of the Fossil West from Baja to Barrow," their book is near completion.[5]



  • Something Fishy This Way Comes (2010, Sasquatch Press)
  • Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway (with Kirk Johnson, 2006, Fulcrum Press)
  • Rapture of the Deep, the Art of Ray Troll (2004, University of California Press, Introduction by David James Duncan and essay by Brad Matsen)
  • Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z (2002, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • Life's A Fish and Then You Fry, An Alaskan Seafood Cookbook (Author Randy Bayliss, Illustrations by Ray Troll, 2002, Alaska Northwest Books)
  • Raptors, Fossils, Fins, and Fangs (Ray Troll and Brad Matsen,1995, Tricycle Press)
  • Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record (Pictures by Ray Troll, Words by Brad Matsen, 1994, Ten Speed Press)


Ray Troll is a lifelong music aficionado and musician. He and his band, the Ratfish Wranglers, play festival, saloon, and dance party dates from Alaska to California, appearing at Salmonfest (formerly Salmonstock) in Ninilchik, Alaska, the Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon, and many other events around the Pacific Northwest.

  • Fish Worship (2015, Ray Troll, Russell Wodehouse and Ratfish Wranglers)
  • Cruisin' The Fossil Freeway (2009, Ray Troll, Russell Wodehouse and Ratfish Wranglers)
  • Where The Fins Meet The Frets (2007, Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers)
  • Dancing To The Fossil Record (1995, music composed by Russell Wodehouse to accompany Planet Ocean, Dancing to the Fossil Record exhibit)


  1. ^ Troll, Ray (2004). Rapture of the Deep. University of California Press. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-520-23947-0.
  2. ^ "Troll Product Cultural Sightings". Trollart.com The Fin Art of Ray Troll. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Sampio, Gina. "More Troll Product Cultural Sightings". Trollart.com The Fin Art of Ray Troll. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ Fishy business: Ketchikan artist Ray Troll thrives on creatures of the sea, Alaska Dispatch News, Steve Quinn, May 15, 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Congratulations to artist and avocational paleontologist Ray Troll". Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth's Facebook Page. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Artist Ray Troll to Receive Ocean Ambassador Award". Seward City News. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  7. ^ Moore, Susie. "Welte to Receive Sidney Powers Award". AAPG. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Ketchikan's Ray Troll Receives 2011 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award". Rasmuson Foundation. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Ray Troll". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  10. ^ Pugh, John. "UAS Projects Record Number of Graduates" (PDF). Chancellor's Report. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  11. ^ "A Bit of Evolution". The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities Announced". SitNews. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Past AFS Award Winners". American Fisheries Society. Retrieved 24 October 2015.

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