Jun 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Art Talks – “Hand Drawn Vancouver: A Conversation with Emma FitzGerald”

This week, the Garden is proud to present “Hand Drawn Vancouver: A Conversation with Emma Fitzgerald”.

Explore old favourites and the not so well known places that make Vancouver such a unique city. Author/Illustrator Emma FitzGerald will share excerpts from her newest book “Hand Drawn Vancouver”  which launches June 23 with Appetite of Penguin Random House. She will explain her process of drawing on location with pen, collecting stories that people share/she overhears, and later scanning her artwork into a computer to colour digitally.

Emma FitzGerald was born to Irish parents in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. She moved to Canada at a young age and spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, BC. These early travels have instilled in her a keen interest in people and places.

Emma has followed a career path that is part architecture, part art, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia in 2004, and a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2008. 
She is the author and illustrator of Hand Drawn Halifax, a best-selling book based on her chosen home in Nova Scotia. The Globe & Mail describes it as ‘part journal, part sketchbook, Hand Drawn Halifax is a love letter to Atlantic Canada’s largest city.’ She has also illustrated two children’s books; EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street and A Pocket of the Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop. This June Hand Drawn Vancouver launches, published by Appetite of Penguin Random House, and she is at work on Hand Drawn Victoria. Victoria, BC is where she is living, and drawing, currently.

Join us for a free virtual talk on June 19th at 2pm PST.

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If you want to familiarise yourself with Emma’s work, please check out her website here.

You can also follow her on Instagram!

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