Mark Adams is a cartographer-geographer with the National Park Service who paints and makes videos on Cape Cod. He travels for his health and wellbeing and believes the sketch-journal is an antidote to seeing the world through a lens. “Non-artists should draw and non-writers should write because no one will ever see the world the way you do.” He filled his first complete sketchbook in 1980 on the Chilkoot Pass in southeast Alaska, his first successful watercolor standing in an alley in Arles, and recently brought back a pocketful of scribbings from a brief stint on the Gulf oil spill cleanup. He learned the value of speed-sketching on ferry boats leaving Istanbul, Martha’s Vineyard and Santorini. He lives in Truro, Massachusetts.
Lead image by Sara Fox