Why I Love Map Art

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I have always loved taking road trips. There is just nothing greater than waking up early and hitting the wide open road before the sun comes up. This is where my love for maps stems from, but it wasn't until last year that I created one of California. When I design maps, I don't include highways or roads like a true cartographer would, but instead I aim to show the unique personality of the different states and cities in an imaginative way. It is my hope to give people the feeling, nostalgia and connection to the places that they love through these maps. I am currently working on a map of Monterey Bay that should be completed soon. It is now my goal to complete at least two maps a month. :)