Ellen Weinstein is a New York–based illustrator and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lectures, exhibits, conducts workshops internationally, and creates work for magazines, newspapers, books, advertising, and cultural institutions. She is a regular contributor to Time, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has won numerous awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators, and the Art Directors Club. Recently, she illustrated Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity and wrote and illustrated Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals and Practices of Extraordinary People.
"I began the process in the same manner that I always work: I researched Dr. Salk’s life and accomplishments to capture the essence of the subject in the piece. In an interview with Bill Moyer, Dr. Salk described his scientific process as similar to Michelangelo’s artistic process. The answer is revealed rather than discovered.
I wanted to create an image that would reflect Salk’s quote: 'Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.' I wanted to show how intuition might help see something that was there all along."