Meet the Correspondent: AJ Tauber
Although she loves the visual arts, AJ considers herself more of a writer than anything else. Nonetheless, she is an enthusiastic cofounder of the regional Urban Sketchers group in O‘ahu (Hawai‘i). One day she hopes to produce sketches that are as jaw-dropping as the ones regularly posted on the Urban Sketchers website.
Having a lifelong interest in anthropology, AJ is naturally drawn to the “storytelling” aspect of sketching, and values in particular the human connections that sketching creates and documents. Although she first encountered Urban Sketchers online in 2012, an opportunity to actually mingle with fellow sketchers arose only in 2013, during a visit to Lyon, France, and later when in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both occasions were memorable for the ease with which sketching allowed total strangers to immediately find common ground and communicate.
Thoroughly hooked, AJ’s primary goal at this time (beyond improving her sketching skills) is to help develop an active group of urban sketchers in her area, both by attracting members of the local art community and by creating interest in sketching amongst those who do not (yet) view themselves as artists.