"I was a teenager when I became really interested in drawing. At 16, I did a series of sketches at my parents' hometown near Seville in southern Spain — drawings of the crumbling castle and the whitewashed houses in the village — that I was particularly proud of.
You'd think I would have gone to art school in college to further my passion for art, but I went to journalism school instead to satisfy the news junkie in me.
A lot of years passed without drawing on location very often. But since moving to Seattle a couple of years ago I seem to have found the way to that intersection where journalism and art meet.
This is a city of both tough fishermen and coffee connoisseurs, Boeing machinists and Microsoft programmers. Its unique geographic setting with water and mountains east and west creates an interesting backdrop to the urban landscape. I try to capture all of that in my sketchbooks, drawing every day on the bus, during lunch breaks or on weekend outings to the beautiful places of the Pacific Northwest. Labeling things and writing observations around the drawings is the type of journalism that suits me."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
Urban Sketchers is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Consider making a donation today to help us continue to 'Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.' All donations in the United States are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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