Turn-of-the-Centuries is a one-woman studio, online shop and occasional public show/art fair founded in Savannah, Georgia and currently based in Watertown, New York. My architectural map-drawings and temple renderings are available as prints, postcards, note cards, original watercolors and ink drawings for personal, gift, institutional and retail sales. I usually produce new work by commission. If you would like to commission a City Lines Map-drawing or Watercolor City Blocks Map, please contact me.
From the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech to Savannah GA to the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia to historic Staunton, I have lived where I could draw - and traveled to interesting places to draw. I make Architectural Map-Drawings, combining plans, elevations and perspectives to illustrate dynamic spatial relationships and memories within historic places.
I started Turn-of-the-Centuries in 2007 while working in an architecture and urban design firm in Savannah Georgia. I moved to Savannah because it was an amazing place to draw. Historic buildings - not always the "George Washington slept here" variety, but the real places people live and work, the walls and windows that have seen the passage of time, the odd embellishments owners have added to express themselves - these have a special allure for me. I loved my job, but I craved my own imprint. So, at night and on weekends I made drawings of Savannah's streetscapes.
I also made drawings as a way to capture other places I traveled, like Portland Oregon, Brooklyn and New Orleans as well as several European cities. I try to capture the essence of what I felt there. I "feel" a place as I walk it, through its building facades, streets, trees and its urban plan. The concept of Architectural Map-Drawings, a unique combination of architectural facades and maps, or plans, emerged as a quintessential expression of the character of a place.
After I'd lived in Savannah for seven years, I moved to Alexandria Virginia and became a happy tourist of the Washington DC area, making new streetscape drawings. I immersed myself in graduate school to learn more about these buildings I love to draw, as well as the history of architectural drawing and mapping. (I wrote a thesis on maps of Savannah!) I learned about the amazing drawings of the early Renaissance, as artists, architects and cartographers combined plan, elevation, section, perspective and cartography to visualize their designs and to synthesize perceptions of their cities and places. I studied (and made) bird's eye view drawings in Rome.
Now, I am taking up this long tradition of chorography to describe, document and cherish great places. I hope to foster and support the appreciation we all have for special places and the desire for mementos of these places.