Northwest is best! This completely hand-crafted illustration is an ode to the ridges, rocks and rills that make up Oregon State.
The Oregon map is hand-drawn and delicately colored in earth-toned watercolors that reflect the greens, browns, yellows and blues of the verdant Pacific Northwest. I spent hours comparing source material, drawing and re-drawing this map, so I have a new depth of admiration for the mapmakers of old who pioneered this exacting business!
I wanted to focus on the geographical character of the state - the sea-carved coast lines, epic Cascade Mountain Range (including Three Sisters, Mt Jefferson, Mt Hood, Bachelor), notable lakes (Klamath Falls and Crater Lake) and fertile eastern side of the state, marbled with rivers. All 36 counties of Oregon are included, as well as the larger cities like Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, and Bend and geographically distinct towns. What a varied, beautiful region! I was really pleased with how the watercolor turned out on this map, emphasizing the topography.