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Wayne McLoughlin (1944–2015) was a Welsh artist who dedicated his drawings to nature, he is most known for his cover art in Erin Hunter's Warriors and Seekers series.
McLoughlin began as a young explorer in Hampstead Heath, London, and later, in the swamps of northern Florida, he helped local schools by collecting turtles and lizards. Fascinated by nature, he often recorded his experiences in sketches and paintings. McLoughlin served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War before studying both Fine Art and Anthropology at San Diego State University. He first worked on creating illustrated humor parodies for national magazines, including Esquire, Omni, Yankee, and National Lampoon. He illustrated for Citibank, Ford Motor Company, IBM, Motorola, Adidas, Texaco, MasterCard, the National Geographic Society, Audubon, Scientific American, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. His drawings can now be found in outdoor magazines such as Sports Afield and Sporting Tales, as well as many books and publications that focus on animals and aspects of nature, such as the bestselling Warriors novel series and now also the Seekers series.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database credits McLoughlin with the cover art for dozens of books published in the twenty years and two earlier: The Haven (1977), a horror novel, and Life in Darwin's Universe (1981), nonfiction.
He lived with his wife, Jackie, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Their daughter, Allison, lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Christopher Judkins. Wayne died at 71 years old after a brief illness (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma).
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