Earl Billick was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, during the space race. Greatly influenced by the NASA space program, he was fortunate to witness it flourish as he grew up. The constant presence of amazing aircraft in the local skies invoked a lifelong passion for flight and aircraft. Later, his inspiration was further drawn by the cutting edge astronomy sciences being undertaken at the U of A and at nearby Kitt Peak observatory. An avid reader of works by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, Earl developed an imagination and an appreciation for not just what is, but what might be.

An award winning traditional and self-taught artist, Earl captures and combines in his art a vision reflecting his love for space and aerospace. As an artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) he strives to promote space science and exploration through his artistic endeavors. Earl’s work has been displayed at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and Flandrau Science Center, Pima Air and Space Museum and is part of an ongoing exhibit at Biosphere 2.