About Nicolle Fuller
Hi, I’m Nicolle Fuller, an illustrator who started out training to be a scientist. Now, I’m honored to help others share their knowledge through my art. I specialize in science illustration that invites visual exploration of the world around us; whether it be the inner workings of a cell, the complex relationships of an ecosystem, or the contours of a black hole.
Long before I knew what science illustration was, I drew because it made me happy. At the same time, my curiosity drove me to learn about the trees in my Pacific Northwest backyard, and wonder as I looked up at the stars.
As I grew up, studying science helped me make sense of the world. The scientific method appealed to me: you ask a question, design an experiment, and then find the answer. What I hadn’t yet learned, is that nothing is ever that simple. After college I worked as a research assistant in a biochemistry lab, and I learned that experiments don’t always work. Day in and day out working in a lab, I felt myself losing sight of the curiosity and excitement that brought me to science. Then I discovered that I could pursue art AND science. I soon realized a way to use my unique artistic interests to showcase others’ discoveries.
My work has brought me to all sorts of places that I never dreamed. First, I worked as an intern at the Stanford Linear Accelerator. I remember I elicited a giggle from physicist Michael Peskin with my illustration of Fairies to represent Dark Energy. Next, as a full time science illustrator at the National Science Foundation. There I created hundreds of illustrations to share NSF funded research with the world, including an epic mural located in the NSF headquarters. Finally, I’ve returned to the Pacific Northwest, to continue developing Sayo Studio, and seek balance with my family by getting out in the natural world. Since moving back, I’ve helped start-ups share their cancer-fighting research, illustrate a missile shaft for the National Park MinuteMan Missile Historic Site, and animate the discovery of the first image of a black hole for my ongoing work with the National Science Foundation.
I’m so excited to see what new discoveries I get to learn about next!