It was May 2013 that I met Frances Buckmaster at an Urban Sketching workshop in Seattle. It was as a result of a discussion there that I joined her and Rom in working to get USk Tacoma going.
I originally discovered Urban Sketchers on 21 February
2012 when Gabi Campanario appeared on a local show promoting his book, The Art of Urban Sketching. Right then and there I said to myself, "That's
what I want to do". That Sunday, 26 February, I attended my first
Sketch Outing with the Seattle group and I've missed few since.
had just retired in August 2011. Though I have a couple volunteer
activities and lots of interests and hobbies, there was room for more.
Urban Sketching has brought me back to the practice of art and sketching
that I enjoyed when I was young(er). I had a some training and showed
my art a little but after getting my first SLR camera in 1974, all my
artistic expression went into photography. Until that February in 2012. It had been
decades since I drew or painted and I have enjoyed renewing my skills. !
I was born and
raised in Michigan. I’ve also lived & worked in England, Germany,
Southern California and now Washington. I have a Masters Degree in
Social Work and I’m a medical Social Worker with a past specialty in
Oncology. I've been married for 35 years. My husband is a computer
I live in south King County but have found it's easier most days to get to Tacoma or Puyallup than through Seattle!
Here is a recent sketch, done at Fort Nisqually. I've recently begun combining my sketching with being a volunteer interpreter there.
My Blog: Red Harp Arts
My flickr page: RedHarp