That was the lesson we carried home from Aiguá: To never be afraid to head somewhere new, and to always — no matter where we find ourselves in the world — search for the beauty in simple things.
I will always be grateful for the red wooden artists’ house in Norway where I first met José — but I’m even more grateful that it brought me to an unexpected country called Uruguay, a place I can now call home.
In Valparaíso, Chile, it felt like nothing was too small for color, for attention, for transformation. And so, too, could I feel myself being transformed during my time in the city — especially my sketching style.
Throughout the 40 Days of Moments project, I kept my eyes peeled for magic — because that’s one of the greatest lessons this project taught me: When we are on the lookout for moments, the universe provides them.
So often in life, change or growth happens intangibly; as artists, I love that we’re blessed to have such a visual record of our evolution. Here’s a look at my own journey over the past six years of growing as a sketch artist.
The same symbols, the same landscapes and forms—it all keeps returning, doesn’t it? Our only job, then, is to take note, live with intention, and keep searching for the ways that life gives our journeys shape.
There was much that my time in Buenos Aires taught me, but most of all, it taught me to keep looking for the symbols and motifs that recur in our lives—in just the right place, and at just the right time.
It’s all too easy to doubt our decisions—but every now and then, I’m grateful for the moments when we suddenly know, without any doubt at all, that our steps have led us in the right direction.