A stellar roster of 19 artists will lead sketching activities in downtown Edmonds and present their sketchbooks at the Edmonds Waterfront Center during the second edition of Sketcher Fest July 19-21, 2024. The lineup includes renowned painters, professional illustrators, architects and urban sketchers from the Seattle area, California, Europe and South America.
Eduardo Bajzek is an illustrator and art instructor from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Awarded by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, his portfolio includes more than 2,200 illustrations spanning a 25-year career. Since 2010, he has been sharing his passion for drawing in courses and workshops, in Brazil and abroad. A passionate urban sketcher, Bajzek has taught workshops and demos in six Urban Sketchers International Symposiums. He has published two books: the award-winning “Rio Sketchbook” (2016) and “Técnicas de Ilustração a Mão Livre” (2019). He has also been invited to collaborate in several books related to the art of urban sketching.
Seattle-based Stephanie Bower worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to professional architectural illustration and concept design. She taught for over 30 years, in New York City at Parsons School of Design and in Seattle at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Stephanie is thrilled to be living her life-long dream as a globe-trotting urban sketcher and instructor! She has taught at 8 Urban Sketchers International Symposiums, has 3 online sketching classes, and teaches perspective and watercolor workshops around the world. Her awards include the prestigious Gabriel Prize fellowship in architecture to Paris, and she was twice honored with “Best Travel Sketch” in the KRob international architectural delineation competition. Stephanie’s work has been featured in Watercolor Artist and Artist magazines, and she is the best-selling author of several books including The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective, The Urban Sketching Handbook: 101 Sketching Tips, as well as the recent sketching tour around the globe, The World of Urban Sketching.
Spanish-born journalist, illustrator and author Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is best known for his storytelling sketches of the Seattle area —which appeared weekly in The Seattle Times between 2009 and 2021; and for his role as the founder of Urban Sketchers, a global organization of artists who aim to “show the world, one drawing at a time” through on-location sketching and reportage. He is the author of Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal, and The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World. In 2022, Campanario launched Sketcher Press and On the Spot to amplify the work of urban sketchers and reportage artists.
Genine Carvalheira is an artist, interior & industrial designer and avid traveler. Originally from the U.S., she has lived in Canada and currently resides in Bogota, Colombia. Since 2007, she’s filled over 80 sketchbooks, recording her life and travels across more than 30 countries. Genine teaches both locally and internationally. As a long time Urban Sketcher, she has participated in nine symposiums, volunteered in multiple roles and currently serves as President for the global Urban Sketchers organization.
David Chamness is a licensed architect and an active member of Seattle Urban Sketchers since 2012. David has been sketching / watercolor painting for the last 35-plus years around the Pacific Northwest and on his travels abroad. He was a guest artist at last year’s Sketcher Fest Edmonds and was an instructor for the Seattle 10 x 10 series. David is a native Washingtonian and has lived with family in Shoreline for the past 30 years. His other passion is soccer while supporting Seattle Sounders FC and following Arsenal FC from afar.
Author, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, and avid sketcher, especially during travels abroad. Will be exhibiting a series of journals kept during teaching stints at the University of Washington’s Rome Center.
Drawing, painting and anything to do with art has always been Michele Cooper’s passion. She loves sharing her discoveries and has taught adult watercolor workshops both internationally and locally from Anacortes to Seattle since 1979. Michele is a contributing author to two publications printed by Northlight Books, “The Ultimate Guide to Painting from Photographs” and Gary Greene’s “Artists’ Photo Reference”. Funny, eh?, for a person who prefers sketching on location! Michele has been associated with USk Seattle since 2014 and was a Seattle 10×10 instructor for the tenth anniversary series of urban sketchers workshops.
Eleanor Doughty is an illustrator, painter, and urban sketcher originally from the Washington, DC area and is now based in Seattle, WA. Her work captures realistic subjects and imbues them with significance and character. Eleanor has traveled internationally to teach art and to explore new locations through her practice of sketching. She teaches through Urban Sketchers organization and Gage Academy in Seattle, and has illustrated for clients including QFC, Hilton, Marriott, Penguin/Random House, the Seattle Times, and VICE Media. Eleanor also enjoys cartoons, riding her 180cc scooter, and drinking a good americano on a rainy day.
James Hobbs is a London-based artist and author of books including Sketch Your World and Pen and Ink. As a journalist he was editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine, and freelanced for the Guardian and The Art Newspaper. He helped set up the Urban Sketchers London group in 2012. His new book Sketchbook Reveal (Sketcher Press) is published in 2024.
Oliver is a traveling artist, illustrator and educator. His passion is sketching on location where he sees the humorous and ironic with an empathetic eye. Oliver’s work has been professionally recognized including the international travel sketchbook award 2022 ” Prix de Carnet de Voyage”. After more than a decade in the USA, he now lives with his wife and son in Vienna, Austria.
Matthew Brehm is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho. Since 2007, Matt has led an annual 3-month study abroad program for architecture students in Rome, Italy. He has been a workshop instructor at six Urban Sketchers International Symposiums, and was on the board of directors when it was first incorporated as a non-profit organization. Matt’s sketches have received awards at the Design Communication Association’s Juried Drawing Exhibit and he has received three Awards of Excellence for his observational drawings from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Matt is also the author/illustrator of three books on drawing techniques.
A lecturer in Drawing, he dedicates himself to travel diaries and reportage drawing. He regularly participates at conferences and exhibitions and contributes to books on drawing around the world. Publications: Diário de Viagem | Costa do Marfim (2014); Panoramas and Vertical Vistas (2021); Lisboa Moderna (2021).
I’m from Timor-Leste and I’m 1.51 meters tall. In 1982, when I was born, we had 6 siblings. Today we are 8 children of the same mum and dad. I’m married to Mário, my best friend and traveling companion. When I was studying at secondary school, I wanted to be a sculptor or a painter. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to pursue any artistic area. I graduated in African Studies – History and Development, after listening to testimonies about the African continent with an inexplicable sparkle in their eyes. My trip to Kenya consolidated my new passion. It was my first time in Africa. I would take the same course again. And I will certainly return to Kenya again.
Andika’s love for sketching started when he studied architecture in Indonesia. As a practicing architect, he always tries to find time to keep his passion of hand drawing and sketching alive. He goes to different local coffee shops every Friday morning for his weekly sip ‘n sketch session. Good mocha and a sketch go so well together. Andika uses his sketches to capture the essence of place and time, using simple pen, marker, pencil, or digital media. He works in downtown Seattle and lives with his wife, two daughters and a cat in Bothell.
Suhita is an illustrator, an educator and an active member of Urban Sketchers for over 12 years. She teaches on-location sketching workshops throughout the world and has taught at many International Symposiums. Suhita has received grants for her reportage projects including a Knight Foundation Grant and a Belle Foundation Grant. In 2023 she was Creative Ambassador to the City of San Jose and conducted a year-round series of sketch walks that explored local history and lesser-known parts of the city. Suhita is the author of a book on Urban Sketching for beginners and a book documenting the vintage signs of San Jose.
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. An active participant in the arts community she is 1st VicePresident of the California Art Club and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She’s a Signature Artist in WW-M, NWWS, SDWS and CWA. Her artwork has been featured in several volumes of Splash: Best of Watercolor, An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. She participates as an arts juror and demonstrator, and offers workshops both nationally and abroad.
Jane started sketching on location in 2009 when she joined the fledgling Seattle Urban Sketchers at a gathering at a sketch outing in Volunteer Park. Since then, she has been sketching non-stop and volunteering with Urban Sketchers in Seattle and internationally. She currently co-edits the quarterly newsletter, Drawing Attention. The practice of sketching on location for over 12 years has given her the gumption to pull out her sketchbook and start sketching just about anywhere. “Travel sketching is the best! It’s not only inspiring, memorable, and endlessly entertaining, it also provides the best souvenirs!”
Daniel Winterbottom, Professor of Landscape Architecture University of Washington. He has created a range of art from painting, ceramic, sculpture, and drawing. The COVID epidemic rekindled his interest in art. His love of urban wandering led to a spontaneous passion for urban sketching and reportage. Traveling frequently, he has found subjects that reappear from continent to continent while maintaining the local nuances. He is fascinated by natural phenomenon, reflectivity, light and shadow, and disappearance. He was awarded an Urban Sketchers Reportage Grant for 2021 for his project “The Shifting Landscapes of Despair, Hope, Survival and Persistence.”
Gail is an architectural illustrator, retired architect and part time Lecturer at the University of Washington. Gail has kept sketchbooks throughout her architectural education and professional career, but started travel sketching in 2009. She has been actively involved in Urban Sketchers as a sketcher, then in leadership roles as Seattle Admin, Education Committee member, Workshop instructor and on the Executive Board for Urban Sketchers. She has participated in several Urban Sketching symposiums and has taught many workshops. Her work has been published in many Urban Sketching handbooks and recently co-authored “The Urban Sketching Handbook: Spotlight on Nature” (2022) with friend and fellow sketcher Virginia Hein.