Magazine article National Parks

Artistic Vision

Magazine article National Parks

Artistic Vision

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Back In 2012, I stumbled across a book called "An Illustrated Life," which includes dozens of pages tom from the sketchbooks of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers. As editor Danny Gregory notes in the introduction, "The pages of a sketchbook are filled with doorways to private worlds, drawn and written to record impressions, to work without judgment, to take risks and chart new directions. It's the closest one can get to being inside an artist's head."

That book spurred me to send illustrator Walt Taylor to the Natchez Trace Parkway, where he recorded his impressions of the 444-mile route through Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It was a little risky-sending an artist to do a job that we had always left to writers and photographers-but Walt was able to capture the place in a new light. Readers seemed to love it, and so did we.

We immediately knew we had to do it again.

This time we asked Walt to give us his impressions of the Great Smoky Mountains. …

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