Stories

My journalistic sketches and writing have appeared in The Seattle Times since 2009 and have been recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. This page includes a sampling. For more visit seattletimes.com/seattlesketcher.

Urban fishing at Mt. Baker beach

One of the things I like the most about Mt. Baker beach in Southeast Seattle is the t-shaped pier that allows visitors to get closer to the water. If you are trying to sketch the expansive view of Lake Washington,…

Century-old outfitter scales up for new era

A computer monitor displayed a production goal of 125 bags and a pace of 95.1 percent as workers pressed pedals and moved leather pieces through sewing machines. For a moment, I felt transported to an assembly line in a faraway…

Colony of floating homes a center of attention

Considering it wasn’t in “Sleepless in Seattle,” the rundown floating home you see above attracts a lot of attention. As I sneaked in to sketch on the swaying dock, curious paddleboarders came in close, and people on Jet Skis snapped…

Extreme low tide in Edmonds

An excursion to the Puget Sound shoreline never disappoints, especially during the extreme low tides that usually happen around the summer and winter solstice.

Tough tugs, big cargo and very long trips all the way to Alaska

For those who work in the local maritime industry, boating season doesn’t start today. It’s a year-round occupation. Once every three weeks, for example, Capt. Brent Bierbaum and the crew of the Arctic Titan load up their tugboat with food…

Volunteer pilot glad to give lift to patient

Three or four times a day, Bob Schaper logs onto the Angel Flight West website to search for his next assignment. The volunteer pilot is so eager to fly humanitarian missions that last year he broke a record for all…

Film buff gives Columbia City theater an encore

When the Columbia City Cinema closed in 2011, many worried the neighborhood theater was gone for good. But just as the building was about to be leased for storage space, a good guy burst onto the scene to save the…