Nicolle Rager Fuller is the artist behind Sayo-Art, living in Seattle, WA with her husband and two-year old daughter. She grew up in Washington state in the picturesque town of Bellingham, WA, 1.5 hours north of Seattle. Nicolle received her BA in biochemistry from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, with a side trip to Kenya for a semester abroad. Throughout this time, she studied science with an eye towards medical school or perhaps graduate study–all the while dabbling in the art world on the side.

Out of college Nicolle had the good fortune to work in Dr. Ullman’s laboratory at Oregon Health Sciences where she studied tropical parasites like leshmaniasis, African sleeping sickness and malaria. Not only did it help prepare her thinking about how to display scientific information, it led her to the realization that while she liked learning about scientific outcomes and results–and had a profound respect for the people who had the dedication to get those results–she wasn’t fulfilled herself doing the daily lab work.

After learning the humility of the lab–troubleshooting PCR reactions and perfecting microscopy images–Nicolle stumbled onto the UC Santa Cruz Science Illustration program where her dual interests in art and science finally came together. Since leaving UC Santa Cruz, Nicolle has worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, then the National Science Foundation. During this time she started Sayo-Art LLC to meet the demands of outside clients. In 2007, she committed to Sayo-Art LLC full time. She recently worked on the graphic adaptation of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with writer Mike Keller, which is currently available at Amazon and bookstores throughout the country. She continues to enjoy working with a diverse group of other clients.


CR: Collaboration Results (American Cancer Society)
Duke University
Earth Magazine (Geotimes)
National Academy of Sciences
National Nanotechnology Initiative
National Science Foundation
Science News Magazine
Teacher Created Materials
UC Berkeley
UC Santa Cruz (Geology, Physics & Math Professors)
USC Trojan Family Magazine
Wisconsin University

Work has been used in:

Nature Journal of Science
Washington Post
Live Science
Fox News Online
Science Daily
Chicago Tribune
Los Angeles Times

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