Simply put, I love sketching. I’ve worked in a variety of mediums: oil painting, water color, handmade paper to name a few, but always a little frustrated with not having enough time to complete major projects. A few years ago my son gave me a small sketchbook with the most scrumptious handmade Italian paper. When I had the unexpected opportunity to visit China in 2007, I took the sketchbook with me; it became my favorite souvenir. The sketches bring me right back to some wonderful memories.
I discovered Urban Sketchers in 2009 and was immediately committed. Urban sketchers International was started by the Seattle Times sketch-journalist, Gabriel Campanario, aka. The Seattle Sketcher. He looked around online to find others that were doing similar work and voila, a sketching community! Now, four years later tens of thousands of sketches have been posted online from every corner of the earth.
What I love about urban sketching is that it gets me out in the world. I can do art anywhere I am – no need for a studio with expensive materials. I believe that art enriches our lives immensely and I love sharing the experience of opening our eyes to see the world one sketch at a time.