Artist and designer Sasha Samuels creates in two extremely diverse cultures; Silicon Valley and Italy (her Tuscan studio was for a time a 14th century Romanesque church). A lover of the sea, Samuels relocated part-time to the Bay Area expressly to cross pollinate with brilliant scientists in the region and help mitigate climate change by “influencing the influencers” through her art. Receiving her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, she spent her senior year abroad as a member of its European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. This lead to a lifelong multi-disciplinary exploration, some with Italian masters, in painting, Florentine stone mosaic, goldsmithing, ceramics, sculpture, blacksmithing and enamel as well as numerous exhibitions, publications and awards (including a juried exhibition/award at a national museum in Salerno, Italy). A self-supporting artist primarily as a metalsmith, Samuels is passionate about favorably impacting climate change through her art.