Emma FitzGerald is a true explorer. Her sense of adventure lies exactly where it’s supposed to — in her every step. She looks for treasure in her daily surroundings and, delightfully, is inclined to share her discoveries with us.
Through her words and illustrations (a mighty combination) Fitzgerald notes those folk who are the literal bedrock of this city. She does so with little flourish, as though she whispers in our ears and passes along the magic of her experience. She lays no claim to the people and places she paints, but instead points to how rich in culture the shared collaborative space known as Halifax truly is.
Fitzgerald’s illustrations are alive, shifting, swaying in front of your very eyes. She captures an essence while leaving out the bits and bobs the reader must go and see on their own, those integral aspects of a place that will only be found when you’re there on your own, hunting for a piece of treasure.
Hand Drawn Halifax
by Emma FitzGerald
$19.95, hardcover, 128 pp.
Formac Publishing Ltd., September 2015