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Imagine It In Watercolors Original Watercolor Paintings, Prints, and Sketch Workshops

Welcome! Thank you for visiting my website. I am a watercolor and digital artist working and running a business in Chicago’s historic West Loop. Watercolor is my favorite medium to work with because of its versatility. I’m inspired by daily life, nostalgia, and imagination to create transportive artworks. I offer an Urban Sketching experience through AirBnb year-around. I paint and exhibit with the Plein Air painters of Chicago Spring through Fall. Contact me with any questions.

Originals & Prints

View my gallery of original watercolor paintings & prints. New updates coming soon!

Let's Sketch!

Capture your travels through Chicago. Be a tourist in your own city! Relax with urban sketching.


Request a custom watercolor painting for your home or as a special, one of a kind, gift.

Favorite Books

Lots of books on watercolors, urban sketching, color theory, and general techniques.

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Featured Book

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

I share images from this book during each of my urban sketching workshops. I simply love showing off the versatility of this fun activity.

“The Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers, this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today.”

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