Artist Bill Rhone has been drawing for 70 years. He started out using a pencil and paper, and today he sketches on his iPad. On December 21 at 7:00 pm, you can witness 70 years of practice in action at a VMM virtual event.

Bill will be drawing live – you’ll see each line that goes into a sketch of the historic North Star of Herschel Island. You’ll learn about Bill’s process and his journey as an artist. Bill will share details about how the quality of light can impact how he approaches a sketch, and he’ll talk about why boats are one of his favourite subjects to sketch.

While Bill is sketching, you can draw along with him and you can listen to Bruce Macdonald tell stories about the North Star. Bruce is the North Star’s current captain and the author of a comprehensive history of the ship, North Star of Herschel Island.

You can also purchase the finished sketch of North Star of Herschel Island – we’ll produce an 11 x 17 poster of the sketch that you can pre-order with your ticket.

Bill Rhone earned an MA in architecture in 1952 from the University of California Berkley and completed a year of post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England. He returned to Vancouver in 1956 and co-founded Rhone and Iredale Architects in 1960.

Bruce Macdonald is the wharfinger at Heritage Harbour. He’s also a sailor, writer and artist who has logged over 75,000 nautical miles in traditionally rigged vessels.

Tickets for this virtual event are $5 (free for members).