Living a Creative Life Abroad

Here's a bit about what I do

Fine Art and Illustration Fine Art and Illustration

The illustrator Norman Rockwell once said, for an artist, there’s a fine line between work and pleasure. I wholeheartedly agree. In 2010, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Art Education, and a minor in Painting and Art History. I also studied Fine Arts for a semester at the Korean National University of Arts […]

Travel and Teaching Travel and Teaching

Over the past few years, I’ve had many opportunities and privileges to travel and teach abroad. Currently, I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in La Boquilla, a community located north of Cartagena, Colombia. In the Peace Corps, I co-plan and co-teach in high school English classes, create English curriculum, teach adult community classes, lead an English […]

Writing and Photography Writing and Photography

I shot this photo in my old neighborhood in Seoul, loving the contrast of the clothing and the tag and how it highlights the rapid changes taking place in Korean society.    I’m a storyteller. I talk a lot. But when I’m by myself, I use my camera and keyboard to document my stories on this […]

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Maps and Markers: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Maps and Markers: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Musings, Sketches | No Comments

[This post is the first in a series called, "Maps and Markers," illustrating a specific place on the coast of Colombia with a hand drawn map, marker and pen sketch, photos, and a short story about my experience or relation to that place.] Exactly a year ago, when I received my Peace Corps site placement in […]

I’ve been a little lost, but here are a few links from the past year

I’ve been a little lost, but here are a few links from the past year

I photographed this man fishing at sunset from Cartagena’s walled city. The first year of my Peace Corps service in Colombia has come and gone without ever having to put on a sweatshirt. (That’s kind of a lie since I did visit Bogotá and Maine in July.) Nevertheless, I’ve (seemingly) attended hundreds of Peace Corps trainings, […]

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 2 Comments

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to photograph some of the homes scattered along the narrow streets in Cartagena’s downtown neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are usually quiet–just beyond the bustling tourist attractions and restaurants. Filled with bright colors, peeling paint, intricate architectural details, overgrown plants and people with somewhere to go…   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ […]

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