Over the last month, I have been drawing my way around America, state to state. I get lots of requests from native Americans, who want to love up their local state as well as international lovers of Americana, keen to remember their stateside travel adventures.
The east coast states of Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania have made their way onto my drawing board and up onto my website this month. Cute church spires, industrial cities of timber and steel as well as marvellous maritime culture feature in my illustrations of these charming regions, some of which were the founding states of America.
Heading west, Ohio and Wyoming came my way. I have no idea why these are part of the "fly-over"states as, with their open skies, monumental wilderness and wonderful wildlife, they may appear bleak but are stunningly beautiful.
Turning south, I ventured down to New Mexico and was fascinated by a magical and mysterious land of ancient native aztec cultural heritage and futuristic sci-fi landmarks and visitations!
Last but not least, Hawaii ... the holiday destination for many Americans, a tropical paradise and most remote place to live in the world. I was charmed by the volcanic archipelago and the amazing marine life that surrounds it.
I've now covered about half of the United States and yesterday took part in an online quiz on the forthcoming US Election. I got top points! When I draw each Statescape, I grab a coffee and spend half an hour getting to know each state. The geographical, cultural, historical and political facts, that are unique to each state, seep into my brain as I try to identify and capture its individual character and charm. State symbols such as animal, bird, fish and flower, feature in each artwork and often they are described in the state flag colours such as Maryland and Connecticut. I love it and hopefully my joy of discovery of a new world is communicated through my work ... and it stands me in good stead for the occasional pub quiz! :-)