Margy Cain paints and draws the locations and events she has witnessed throughout her life’s journey. Extensive travel as well as living in Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus region for many years, provided material and inspiration for working in graphite, watercolors and oils.
Recently, she attended a class on travel journal sketching which led to a group of Urban Sketchers in Port Townsend, opening a new narrative of not only creating art, but also sharing the experience with others.You will find her with UrbanSketchers Port Townsend painting the beautiful views of the Olympic Peninsula and around the Pacific Northwest in the small format of sketchbook using graphite, watercolor, colored pencils and ink.
Margy paints full-time in her studio in Port Ludlow, Washington, and is looking forward to continuing her travels. She will now carry the sketchbook and leave the camera in the bag.
My name is Mel Epling and I’m excited to be a part of a new group of Urban Sketchers based in and around the small Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend, Washington. I have recently retired from a career in the health sciences. For the past 25 years I have painted, first in watercolor, now primarily in oils. Like many, I first began keeping a sketchbook on vacation trips to Europe to record my journey and to collect ideas for my painting. Researching like-minded sketchers on the web led me to Urban Sketchers. Now, drawing on location has become a regular and rewarding practice in my daily life. Sharing the experience with others enriches the experience.
Elsbeth McLeod has worn many professional artistic hats through the decades of her adult life, from portrait painter in Boston, to graphic designer and illustrator in Idaho and Washington state, to figurative sculpting and casting bronze until her “retirement” a few years ago. A neighbor referred Elsbeth to the Urban Sketcher’s website in 2011, where she spent hours touring the world, one sketch at a time. She became fascinated with how many thousands around the world were returning to reportage, and many were publishing books on technique and style.
After so many years working alone in a quiet studio, Elsbeth has embraced the mobility and simplicity of working in the world, in the company of other sketchers, with nothing but a pen, a tiny watercolor palette and some brushes! She is pleased to now be a member and contributor to Urban Sketchers Port Townsend.
My name is Darsie Beck and my creative impetus is derived from the regions maritime environment the work boats, the ships that ply the waters of Puget Sound, the flora and fauna the climate all serve to inspire and evoke my creative spirit and coax my art from within me.
I am active in Urban Sketchers Tacoma, Seattle and Port Townsend. I teach travel journal sketch workshops at the Port Townsend School of the Arts as well as the Vashon Center for the Arts.
I am passionate about traveling and travel journal sketching. Sketching is a way of capturing the essence of where I am in the moment and later to remind me of where I’ve been. The journals become a source of personal recollection and reflection, a record of my being to be viewed and enjoyed now and for years to come.
I live on Vashon/Maury Island with my artist wife Christine. Waterworks Studio is our home and creative work space.
Visit me at www.darsiebeckartist.com or www.waterworksonvashon.com