During my stay in the artist’s residency 'Dar Meso' in 2021, a stone's throw from the Medina of Tunis, I wanted to get back to a style of illustration called 'reportage', back to what I had studied.
I wanted to draw non-stop and attempt to capture Tunis’s sights energy and people. With paper and sketchbook, my pencil case in hand, I set out to sketch. I drew my discoveries day after day. Observational drawing is, for me, a means to discover and evoke a culture. When I spend hours drawing the same street corner or market stall I feel embedded in the culture and people that surround me. My drawings strive to capture the authenticity of a place, the charm of a country, and my exchanges with passers-by. I am so often met with an intrigued glance that opens the door for conversation and sharing.
In this body of work I transport you to Tunisia with a sensitive balance of mediums - watercolors, pencils, pastels, gouaches, among others.