SciencePiction & Gardening With Children
Central Library, Youth Wing
SciencePiction & Gardening with Children by Sam Tomasello
The images I create are inspired by my reverence for nature and spirituality. My art is a form of prayer that worships external physical form as well as the underlying Source of all things. My hope is that people who see my work will derive comfort from it and discover their connection to the divine within themselves.
My influences are eclectic: Tibetan Buddhist art, Japanese wood block prints, medieval art and illuminated manuscripts, German expressionist paintings, fairy tale and folkloric illustrations of the 1800s, photos of microbiological subject matter, images of exotic species of flora and fauna, and "underground" comic art by Julie Doucette, Blanquet, Camille Rose Garcia and others.
All digital prints were done in Adobe Photoshop.
Sam Tomasello is an illustrator and graphic designer who recently illustrated Gardening with Children, a children's activity book published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Her series of humorous images on extreme life forms has been exhibited at The New York Hall of Science, and was among the winners of the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. Eighth International Exhibition/Competition in 2006. Her work was also featured in the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Members' Exhibition in 2005. In 2006, she completed a series of images for signage at The New York Botanical Garden's Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Her work will be included in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill science textbooks in 2008 and in two educational books from Brown Publishing Network. SAm is currently enrolled in training as a Teaching Artist at Community Word Project NYC. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Academy of Art College in San Francisco.