A LITTLE ABOUT ME

My body of work varies widely in subject, but it all ties back to a single, underlying aim: to view and to capture the world around me as a traveller would; to see both the everyday and the exotic with wonder, and to look deeply at the old and the new.. So whether I’m capturing a moment of calm on the banks of a river in India, or sketching the fire hydrant I walk past everyday on my street corner in San Jose, California, I try to see them both with fresh eyes.

I sketch on location, work quickly, and sketch anywhere. I particularly enjoy capturing the energy of bustling places: busy markets and cities are among my favorite subjects. My mobile studio setup is always on my shoulder: my bag with a couple of sketchbooks, pen and ink, a tiny watercolor kit and brushes. Some of my works take just a few minutes to capture, others, a couple of hours. I love the immediacy that painting like this brings to my work. That first, quick, almost calligraphic capture is the one that gets to the heart of the subject.

I am also a freelance illustrator and teacher. I work on editorial and commercial projects, book illustration, and reportage assignments. And I travel all over the world teaching with the Urban Sketchers Symposium.

Pen, ink and watercolors are my favorite media. I love experimenting with other media too: pastels, colored pencils, charcoal and just about anything that will create interesting marks and textures makes it into many of my works.

I like my art to be accessible and not too precious, something everyone can relate to. I also like the fact that my medium challenges the notion that a sketchbook is just a repository of ideas that go on to become artworks: in my world, that first-person experience, captured on location IS the final piece.

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You can see more of my work here:

Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sketchaway

Etsy store (prints of my sketches for sale) : http://www.sketchaway.etsy.com

Blog: https://sketchaway.wordpress.com/