Then there’s the “evocative.” It is all of the above, plus the memory of experience and place—the senses, the history, the structure, and the story. This is how Anita draws. This is how she connects with the world and experiences life. Hers is the hand of a practiced artist who has spent thousands upon thousands of hours honing her tool. Her pencil is her baton, and she wields it as effortlessly as most people breathe. She reaches us with her drawings because she connects so perfectly with who and what she is seeing. She becomes part of it, breathes it in, lives it, and loves it. There is humor, humility, work ethic, and confidence in this beautiful book about the ancient city of Civita. It could be a guidebook for travelers, a handbook about drawing, or an anthropological thesis about indigenous spaces and places.
What it is, though, is a book about drawing with all one’s senses, and it should be read by anyone who loves to draw.