ABOUT MEG SODANO

  • Meg Sodano grew up in Connecticut, exploring the woodlands and seashore, and drawing her favorite animals. She is the illustrator of Salamander Sky (2018), a picture book about the annual springtime migration of the elusive spotted salamanders. Meg studied natural science illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and animal science at the University of Vermont. Some of her illustrations are part of interpretive exhibits at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve in New York State, Franklin Park Children’s Zoo in Boston, and Queens Botanical Garden in New York.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • As a natural science illustrator, I am equal parts artist, naturalist, and storyteller. I combine my biology background, technical drawing skills, and strong sense of design to translate scientific concepts into visual stories that are engaging and educational. My illustration process is guided by my curiosity, and I aim to celebrate the natural world by depicting my subjects beautifully. I use traditional media as well as digital methods. Whenever possible, I work from life. Experiencing a subject in nature is an essential part of telling its story.

    With my children’s picture book illustrations, I want to encourage kids of all ages to get outside, explore the animals and environments around them, and have adventures that help them build a great appreciation for nature. I hope that as they turn the pages, they spend a few extra moments wandering through each picture and imagining what they could find beyond its borders.