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Sally Bensusen

Sally Bensusen, an astronomer and computer programmer with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the United States Naval Observatory, combined her science and art backgrounds to become a full-time scientific illustrator in 1981—operating her own studio ever since. Her work has been featured monthly in Natural History Magazine's “Biomechanics” column, and commissioned regularly by the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, The Nature Conservancy, and Scientific American, among others. In 2002 she returned to Goddard to digitally create illustrations and animations about the birth of the Universe.


Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan began to explore the art possibilities of desktop computers in the early 1990s, and now works exclusively in digital media. His work has appeared on book and magazine covers, posters, T-shirt designs, product packaging, and recently on US postage stamps. His clients have included The New York Times, Fine Gardening Magazine, Scientific American, The Bayer Corp., the US Forest Service and the US Postal Service.


Karen Carr

Karen Carr, wildlife and natural history artist, is a fourth-generation Texas native now living with her family in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico. Karen's work, in both traditional and electronic media, has been featured in publications, zoos, museums and parks in the United States, Japan and Europe. Recent projects include work for the Audubon Society, Smithsonian Institution, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, HarperCollins Publishers, Barnes & Noble, and others.


John Cody

John Cody authored the 1971 biography, After the Pain: The Inner Life of Emily Dickinson. He is a medical doctor and medical illustrator whose spectacular, award-winning paintings of moths have been featured in magazine articles and exhibited nationally in one-artist shows, including the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught workshops for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Association of Medical Illustrators. He currently freelances, and has many decades of experience.


Marlene Hill Donnelly

Marlene Hill Donnelly is a staff Scientific Illustrator at the Field Museum. Freelance clients include the Smithsonian Institution, Harper Collins Publishers, Wm. Brown Publishers, the Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo. She has taught field sketching and scientific illustration at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum, and taught the 2001 GNSI Summer Workshop in Botanical Illustration. Marlene is the writer/author and Peggy Macnamara the artist/author of Painting Wildlife in Watercolor, WatsonGuptill 2003.


Jennifer Fairman

Jennifer Fairman runs her own illustration and animation studio; Fairman Studios, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. She received her MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jennifer's work has appeared in a variety media such as museum exhibits, zoos, journals, textbooks, childrenís books, art exhibitions and television. Awards for her work include Certificates of Merit from the AMI, a Smithsonian Women's Committee Grant, a James Smithson Society Fellowship, and a Vesalius Trust Research Grant. She is also the 1999 recipient of the Vesalius Trust's Inez Demonet Award.


David Fierstein

David Fierstein has eight years of experience as a freelance science illustrator and animator. Recent clients include Scientific American and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). He graduated from the UCSC Science Illustration program in 1996.


Donald Gambino

Donald Gambino, computer artist, digital photographer, consultant; teaches ground-breaking real-world and on-line digital photo, video, and graphic courses; graduated from F.I.T.; was Chair of the Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and created its BFA program; has exhibited in numerous locations, and has over 20 years experience teaching in the digital arts field.


Theophilus Britt Griswold

Theophilus Britt Griswold is a Project Illustrator for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has 23 years experience as an illustrator - including free-lance illustration in the sciences and commercial publications. He holds a B.A. in Illustration and Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Britt has been a GNSI member since college, has served as GNSI Membership Secretary, board member of Science Insights Inc., project manager for the Science Illustration Creative Source Directory and Science-art.com, and is the recipient of GNSI's Distinguished Service Award.


Nancy Halliday

Nancy Halliday has 45 years of experience, and has held positions at the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Florida State Museum. She is currently an instructor in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at Morton Arboretum, and also freelances. She wrote the chapter on bird illustration in The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous scientific journals. She produced 12 plates for The Mammals of North America, a field guide published by Princeton University Press in 2002.


Gretchen Halpert

Gretchen Halpert has worked as a scientist and illustrator for over 15 years. She has been employed as a scientist for medical research since 1983 and has taught medical and natural science illustration for RISD/CE and Brown University. Her drawings have appeared in books, journals and scientific publications. Halpert is President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI. "I've been keeping sketchbooks off and on for over 20 years. They ground me and are more a part of my real life than my finished works."


Frank Ippolito

Frank Ippolito has worked as a scientific illustrator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for 20 years. He rewrote the paleontology chapter of the recently published 2nd edition of the Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration. His freelance clients include Scientific American, The New York Times/Science Times, New York City Parks Department, and the Audubon Society. Frank continues to teach illustration and animation classes at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, N.J. and has taught a variety of GNSI workshops on natural media and digital techniques.


Amelia Janes

Amelia Janes studied fine arts at the University of Wisconsin and began work in cartography in the early 1990s. She has combined her cartographic experience and fine arts training to specialize in terrain rendering and shaded relief for mapping. She co-founded the Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild and co-authored and co-illustrated an award winning historical atlas for Wisconsin in 1998. Amelia also authored the new chapter "Illustrating Earth Sciences" for The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Handbook, 2nd Edition. Amelia currently serves on the GNSI Board, and has for the last 5 years.


Lana K. Johnson

Lana K. Johnson, is an information technology project manager for Communications and Information Technology, University of Nebraska - where she has worked the last 12 years as an illustrator and graphic designer. She designs and develops interactive multimedia web environments; teaches computer technology to faculty, staff and students; and teaches Scientific Illustration, a graduate level class, and a Presentation Methods for Entomology class. Lana completed Donald Sayner's scientific illustration courses and became an active member of GNSI in 1986. She used to freelance before the arrival of her son.


Kristine Kirkeby

Kristine Kirkeby is a scientific illustrator with an education in biology and fine arts. Combining her two talents, she worked at the University of Minnesota as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, and instructor. With over 20 years of experience, she does freelance work as natural science illustrator and also teaches nature drawing, drawing journals, and basic drawing classes in schools, colleges, and community art centers for students ages 4-84. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Mark A. Klingler

Mark A. Klingler, scientific illustrator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was the recipient of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's (SVP) John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for Scientific Illustration, 2003. The winning artwork was a fossil reconstruction of Hadrocodium wui (the earliest mammal ever discovered) that appeared in the May 25, 2001 edition of Science. The artwork was featured on the cover. The image was also used as an illustration accompanying the newspaper articles that were picked up by almost every major newspaper in North America, Europe and Asia.


Larry Lavendel

Larry Lavendel is a lecturer in science illustration, Science Communication Program, U.C. Santa Cruz; at Ikitomi Design, he does freelance illustration, graphics, web and exhibit design. He is a contributor to the GNSI Handbook of Scientific Illustration, 2nd edition chapter on "Basic Computer Graphic Techniques". Larry has 14 years of experience and his specialties include: Illustrating marine subjects; User interface design, usability and information architecture; Graphic design and production for on-line and print media; Exhibit design and construction.


Taina Litwak

Taina Litwak graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Biology and a BFA in Printmaking in 1979. She spent ten years as staff illustrator with the Walter Reed Biosystematic Unit at the Smithsonian Institution. She left in 1993 and has been doing full time freelance work since. She received board certification as a medical illustrator in 1994. Her volunteer work includes six years on the board of directors of the GNSI, as president and as treasurer, and four years on the board of the Vesalius Trust. She also served on the board of the 1994 World Congress on Biomedical Communications as GNSI representative. Taina lives in Darnestown, Maryland.


Cassio Lynm

Cassio Lynm has been the medical illustrator at the Journal of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois Since 2000. His immediate interest in Flash stems from (1) his interest in integrating different visualization methods, and (2) his interest in seeking solutions for providing platform-independent content. Cassio has a MA from Johns Hopkins in Medical and Biological Illustration, and a BA in Studio Art and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Helen Macfarlane

Helen Macfarlane is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Helen produces didactic illustrations and animations to support the School of Medicine courses. Helen received her Master's in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University in 2001. She has received awards for her work at AMI several salons, as well as being a featured speaker as a Vesalius Trust Award recipient. Helen has been working in the arts since 1990.


Peggy Macnamara

Peggy Macnamara has been painting wildlife in watercolor for over twenty years. She is the only artist-in-residence at the Field Museum in Chicago and is a Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. She exhibits widely in galleries and has work in the permanent collections of the Field Museum and the Illinois State Museum. She is the artist/author and Marlene Hill Donnelly the writer/author of Painting Wildlife in Watercolor, WatsonGuptill 2003.


Paul Mirocha

Paul Mirocha graduated from the University of Minnesota with an interdepartmental degree in Art and Biology. He moved to Tucson to study scientific illustration with Donald Sayner. After 13 years as a graphic artist staff job at the University of Arizona, Paul quit to form his own business doing graphic design and illustration. He's still in Tucson and has been freelancing full time for 12 years.


Trudy Nicholson

Trudy Nicholson received a BS degree majoring in Fine Arts at Columbia University, and completed the Medical Illustration program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked as a medical illustrator at the National Institutes of Health as well as free-lance natural science illustrator in a variety of scientific fields for many years. Awards include AMI bio'84 Best Illustrated Book, The American Institute of Graphic Arts Certificate of Excellence, NIH Superior Performance Award, the Federal Design Council Award of Merit, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators' Distinguished Service Award.


John Norton

John Norton received a B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Zoology from Clemson University, but has no degree in art (that he is currently aware of). In graduate school he worked as a biology teaching assistant, drawing cartoons and advertising artwork for the college newspaper, and began illustrating a weekly nature column penned by his former high school biology teacher. Since 1986 he has worked primarily with nature centers and publishers. Although pens, ink, and vellum have been his main media over the years, he now uses Adobe Photoshop and his trusty Mac G3 to scan and colorize many of his illustrations.


Gloria Louise Nusse

Gloria Louise Nusse is currently employed in her own studio, Clay and Bones Sculpture in Mill Valley, California. She has been working in the museum field for over 24 years, and has numerous exhibits of animals and human subjects in place throughout the country, and beyond. Most recently she has been involved in the identification of lost remains for law enforcement, and has had an article published in the Journal of Forensic Identification titled, Mold Making of the Skull, Nov/Dec 2003. She has given many presentations and workshops to professional artistic and scientific groups, and is a past GNSI President (1995-1999).


Laurie O'Keefe

Laurie O'Keefe has 15 years experience as a full time freelance illustrator specializing in medical and biological topics. She has a B.S. in Zoology, and M.S. in Anatomy, with a specialization in medical illustration from Colorado State University. Her illustrations have appeared in surgical journals, magazines, pharmaceutical ads, museums, posters, and over 50 science related textbooks. She recently completed over 70 illustrations for the Smithsonian Behring Hall of Mammals.


John Orehovec

John Orehovec is both a nature photographer and a mathematics educator. This award-winning artist has been invited to participate in over 300 shows and exhibits in 14 states and Canada. John has also conducted one-person exhibits for the National Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Senate. He teaches a nature photography course at the Virginia Living Museum. In January, 2004, he was one of three featured artists at Virginia's Living Museum's Wildlife Arts Festival.


Mary Parrish

Mary Parrish has worked for the Smithsonian Institution since 1979. Starting in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology (now the Department of Zoology) as a clerk-typist, doing volunteer and freelance illustration for the museum on the side, Mary transferred to the Department of Paleobiology in 1983 when the position of staff artist became available. Mary illustrates fossil plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, man and geological and graphic materials for the Department of Paleobiology in a wide variety of media. She occasionally still prepares illustrations of reef and mangrove communities for the Department of Zoology.


Gregory S. Paul

Greg Paul has been an independent paleontologist and artist for over a quarter century. His research includes a variety of technical papers on various aspects of dinosaur biology. Books include Predatory Dinosaurs of the World, The Scientific American Book of the Dinosaur (ed), and Dinosaurs of the Air (JHU Press). Media work includes Jurassic Park, Discovery Channel dinosaur documentaries, and currently a network drama under evelopment. Paul is involved in designing a new generation of dinobots, including the first true walking examples.


Dick Rauh

Dick Rauh illustrated A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter and Oaxaca Journal. He has pursued a course of study in plant sciences and has a Masters in Biology, Lehman College, and a Doctorate in Biological Science from the Graduate Center of CUNY. He has had a number of one man shows as well as many group shows all over the states and Canada. He has been an instructor in the Botanical Illustration program at the New York Botanical Gardens for over 8 years and gives workshops in Floral Morphology throughout the country.


Scott Rawlins

Scott Rawlins is an associate professor in the fine arts department of Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, where he teaches scientific illustration. In addition to his training as a medical illustrator, Scott holds degrees in biology and museum education. A former museum curator, Scott maintains contact with the museum world through his work at the U.S.D.A. and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Currently, Scott is president of the American Association of Botanical Artists.


Patricia L. Savage

Patricia Savage is a self-employed fine artist with 15 years of experience. Awards/accomplishments include: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, One-Person Show, Raleigh, (two years); Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Minneapolis; Society of Animal Artists Annual Shows (eight years); Award of Excellence: 2000; National Museum tour: (three years); American Society of Botanical Artists, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.; National Geographic’s Explorers Hall, Washington, D.C.; GNSI Newsletter: An 1899 Expedition Retraced. Vol. 2003, No. 9; Fine Art, Science—Diverse?, Vol. 2003, No. 7.


Chris Sloan
  Chris Sloan is the Art Director for National Geographic Magazine where he has worked since 1992. Prior to this he art directed several magazines and was a free-lance science illustrator. Aside from his responsibilities as Art Director at National Geographic, he is the magazine’s specialist in paleobiology. He has written about feathered dinosaurs for the magazine and wrote four childrens’ books with archaeological or paleontological themes. He also edited two books on art at National Geographic.
Francis Sweet

Francis E. Sweet was elected President of the Society of Animal Artists in 2001. He has displayed his work numerous times at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in their Birds in Art and Wildlife: The Artist’s View exhibitions and tours. Fran has won numerous duck and hunting stamp competitions, and is featured in a major article in Wildlife Art News. He has won three awards of excellence from the prestigious Society of Animal Artists, along with the Leonard Meiselman Award for Realism.


Alice Tangerini

Alice Tangerini, Staff Illustrator for the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution since 1972, has taught for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program and the USDA Graduate School Program. Lecture audiences include the Botanical Society of Washington, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator (GNSI), the National Herb Society, and the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI); workshops include the GNSI and AMI. Her assignments for field drawing have included California, Hawaii, and Guyana. Her responsibilities in the Botany Department include drawing for 17 scientists (not all at once) and managing the Botanical Art Collection.


Gene Wright
  Gene Wright is an Assistant Professor and the head of the Scientific Illustration Program at the University of Georgia. He also has worked as a freelance biomedical illustrator for 12 years. Currently, his work can be found representing veterinary pharmaceutical companies. Gene’s wife Allison is a Certified Medical Illustrator, self employed.