"I've been an artist all my life and have lived in New York City since I was in my 20s, where I did my grad work, at Hunter College. I've been in the studio full time since I retired from my day job in the curatorial fold — oh happy day!
I've become more and more dependent on my daily sketchbook activity, even as I continue to work on paper and canvas. The sketchbook has become the heart of my studio practice. Since my husband and I travel a lot to Spanish speaking places (we're both working on fluency in Castellano — both lived in Latin America in ancient times) the scale has slid to easily-transportable small in everything and I'm becoming very attached to holding my work in my hand and thinking about how it fits in my brain.
I love to draw what's around me, what's within my field of vision and see what kind of transactions I can make on the paper as I go along. I add some words that may or may not connect because that's the way my mind works."
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
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