Chandler O’Leary is an artist and inveterate wanderer who seeks the road less traveled because it fuels her imagination and creative process. On a recent trip along Route 66 in the Southwest, Chandler was captivated by the juxtaposition of Albuquerque’s neon and petroglyphs, Oatman’s burros and the stunning Aztec Motel in Monrovia. Chandler makes the most of whatever time is available in a location and then, if she’s the passenger, often finishes up her sketches while sitting shotgun. In fact, she finds that the sense of urgency of being on the road often frees her up. Her materials – ink pen, watercolor and gouache – do not lend themselves to being reworked, so she has to live with what she captures and finds that this hones her skills.
Back in her studio in Washington State, Chandler runs Anagram Press which has been in business since 2004. Her drawings and prints are whimsical, classy and finely wrought. She went to Rhode Island School of Design and is a much sought after illustrator.
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