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.
Meg Sodano grew up in Connecticut, exploring the woodlands and seashore and drawing her favorite animals. Some summers spent in the Green Mountains eventually lured her northward to earn a BS in Biology and Animal Science (pre-veterinary focus) at the University of Vermont. Years later, realizing a way to weave biology into her artistic roots, she sought formal illustration training at Rhode Island School of Design and received certificates in Natural Science Illustration and Children’s Book Illustration.
As a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Meg has shown work at several juried exhibitions. She has taught drawing and painting workshops aboard a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ship in the Galápagos, has been an-artist-residence at Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskill Mountains, and at Connecticut Audubon Society’s Trail Wood Sanctuary. Her illustrations are part of the interpretive exhibits at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Huyck Preserve in New York, and the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo in Boston.
AWARDS FOR SALAMANDER SKY
2019 John Burroughs Riverby Award
2019 Green Earth Book Award Honor
Finalist for the 2018 New England Children’s Book Award
2018 Nautilus Book Award – Silver
Lila’s Harbor (2017)
By CJ Talbert, Illustrated by Meg Sodano
“Science Illustration for Picture Books” – Russell Sage College – April 24, 2020
Alumni Speaker – RISD Continuing Education Commencement Ceremonies – June 2, 2015
Artist aboard the National Geographic Islander in Galápagos, with Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic. Gave workshops and demonstrations on drawing and painting wildlife, August 19 – September 19, 2016.
“Drawing Animals” workshops at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY. February 5 and March 18, 2017
Edwin Way Teale Trail Wood Sanctuary Artist-in-Residence, Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret, Hampton and Pomfret, CT. June 30 – July 6, 2019
Platte Clove Preserve Artist-in-Residence, Catskill Mountains, NY. Sept 19 – 25, 2016
COM.EN.ART (Community. Environment. Art) E.N. Huyck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY.
July 19 – August 4, 2013
2020 Annual Nature Art Exhibit
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY. March 27 – March 25, 2020
Edwin Way Teale Trail Wood Sanctuary Artist-in-Residence Exhibit
CT Audubon Center at Pomfret, Pomfret, CT. January 26 – February 28, 2020
“Illustrated” – Featuring 12 illustrators from New York State
Albany Public Library, Albany, NY. June 2 – October 28, 2017
Catskill Center 2016 Artists-in-Residence Exhibit
Erpf Gallery, Arkville, NY. May 27 – July 15, 2017
15th Annual Nature Art Exhibit
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY. March 11 – March 31, 2017
14th Annual Nature Art Exhibit
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY. March 5 – March 25, 2016
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 Annual Members’ Exhibit
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO. April 19 – Sept 25, 2014
“Works of Nature” – Recent Work from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, NE Chapt.
Connecticut Audubon Society, Pomfret Center, CT. October 1 – November 11, 2013
10th Annual Nature Art Exhibit
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY. March 9 – March 23, 2013
A Closer Look: Recent Work From The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, NE Chapt.
South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA. October 17 – November 26, 2012
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2012 Small Works Exhibit
Jepson Center in the Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA. July 7 – August 6, 2012
“In the Field” – Works by the Artist Team of the Rhode Island Bioblitz
Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI. July 7-31, 2012
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2012 Annual Members’ Exhibit
Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, Savannah, GA. June 30 – July 21, 2012