Previously an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., Sally Bensusen applied her science and art backgrounds to become a full-time scientific illustrator beginning in 1981. Based on her art and science backgrounds, she works to promote the use of art in the service of science.
Sally's illustrations were commissioned regularly by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, and Natural History Magazine. She is a former graphic designer and illustrator for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Sally received top reviews for her workshops hosted by the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers on Biodiversity, advocating the regular use of drawing and note taking as part of a STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).
She continues to encourage the use of observation through drawing and note-taking in the science classroom.