One Man’s Artistic Journey along the American Coastline: Architect creates maps by hand with pen & ink and watercolors


“Men are a shed tribe,” suggests architect Joseph Tarella. “That’s why we need to have maps.”

The artist has had a lifelong fascination with maps of all kinds, but his major target has been on the coastline of the continental United States. He has drawn maps of that coastline from Cape Cod down to Corpus Christi, Texas, each individual a single painstakingly investigated and exquisitely executed. But while they are precise renderings of the destinations they represent, they are in essence artworks, designed with pen & ink and watercolors. These one of a kind pieces will be revealed setting up on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 4 – 7 p.m. at Pop-up Gallery Sitka, 227 Spring St. in Newport, R.I.

Mr. Tarella has established (and sold!) hundreds of maps of several locales alongside the East and Gulf coasts for more than 20 years, and he’s nevertheless heading powerful. Now Mr. Tarella has tackled one particular of the most storied locales in the Northeast, the shoreline bordering the city of Newport, Rhode Island.

“I haven’t viewed any individual executing what I do,” says the artist. He began by revisiting a time when he designed a map for a challenge he was doing the job on as a youthful architect. Several years later on, when he designed his own dwelling on Prolonged Beach Island in New Jersey, he observed himself looking at about the shoreline of that island and then carrying out his very own rough sketches of the coastline. Sketches followed sketches and the course of action ongoing as the rendering of the shoreline was refined yet again and once again. Pals and neighbors would see the drawings and identify the area becoming represented. Some would check with, “Hey, when that’s completed, can I have a single?” Out of the blue, right before even thinking about providing the maps he created, Joe had clients.

“People have been drawn to the maps because they realized the place I was mapping,” Joe recollects. “They properly represented a location, not some imaginary scene. These had been serious things, genuine sights from their personal everyday lives.” There appears to be to be a solid psychological reaction to that sense of connection Joe’s customers have experienced first observing the maps. The relationship with their possess houses at a precise locale on a given map is very robust. Possible clients find other spots that are recognizable and that are in close proximity to and pricey to their hearts. “When they glance at the map and arrive on an area that seems to be common,” Joe recalls, “then that seals it. They get the map!”

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