Meet the Team

Brought together by our mutual commitment to create outstanding art that communicates science, we are motion artists, designers, illustrators and communicators with strong roots in the scientific community. 

Our growing SayoStudio team is led by Creative Director Nicolle R. Fuller and Operations Director Trinka Kensill. Our founder, Nicolle, is building on her scientific background and years of experience producing award winning science art, to support and guide our team’s mission; creating world-class, creative, and scientifically accurate science visual communication.

Nicolle is joined by Trinka, by way of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where they met over 15 years ago when Nicolle was a full-time NSF science illustrator and animator. At NSF, Trinka managed the public affairs Visual Media team to facilitate communication between scientists, visual artists, and policy makers.

Now, they’ve joined forces leveraging their combined strengths and experience to grow SayoStudio and communicate science to broader audiences. 

  • 5
    We did a review session with our team - and everyone loved the illustration!!! There is so much richness of detail when you zoom in. We are your biggest fans. THANK YOU so much for getting us this last mile. I'm really excited to see this out there.
    Douglas McCauley
    UCSB Beinoff Ocean Initiative
  • 5
    What makes you a unicorn is that you have a biology background and you’re a fantastic artist. Your background in science makes you fundamentally different. You’re among the best in the country at what you do, and on a consistent basis, you deliver what you promise. I know I can rely on you even when wacky sh*** happens (because in life, it always does).
    Chris Larkin
    Resolve Magazine, Lehigh University
  • 5
    WOW!!! That looks great!! Very well done. I can't wait to show others. Absolutely wonderful!!!
    Jennifer Pelka
    Into Nature Films
  • 5
    As promised, your anchor images have been NSF's way in on this story that presented many challenges to stand out in the mix. Reporters agreed to cover specifically after I sent the image (Sky&Telescope, Forbes)!
    Public Affairs
    National Science Foundation
  • 5
    Your First Stars image, which continues to get top billing in Google search, is now on the side of a bus. Images are critical to what we do, thanks for giving us such impact!
    First Stars
    National Science Foundation
  • 5
    Investors just aren't getting it. [Your illustration is] critical to move the needle on funding.
    Nicolas Sohl
    Cell Care Therapeutics
  • 5
    You ask questions that other illustrators and designers would never think to ask. I listen to you, and you ask questions of researchers that make me think, "this is why we pay her"  
    Communications Specialist
    Resolve Magazine, Lehigh University

Join the Team

We’re growing quickly, and looking for team members and partners to help us visualize science. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what talents you’d like to bring to SayoStudio: