About Rita Sabler

From Brazilian favelas in Rio de Janeiro to Hindu celebrations in the temples of Singapore, to the driest desert in the world in Chile, to Bangkok street markets, to a leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, and political protests in her native Portland Rita Sabler has happily trotted the world documenting its wonders in her sketchbooks. Drawing is Rita’s therapy, her passion, and her refuge. It is her way of understanding and communicating with the world around her.

Since the spring of 2016 Rita has been teaching Urban Sketching courses at PNCA. For the last two years she has also designed and taught “10x10 Reporting from Portland” workshops introducing over a 100 new aspiring  sketchers to the movement. 

Rita has presented lectures on "The Art and Habit of Travel Sketching" and "Artist as a Voice of Resistance" at the Urban Sketching Symposiums in Manchester and Chicago as well as the Maryhill Museum of Art. 

In addition to the USK Symposiums Rita has presented lectures and workshops on sketching inspiring diverse audiences to cultivate a lifelong passion for urban sketching. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around Portland and she is one of the contributing authors in Pete’s Scully’s Creative Sketching Workshop book. Her work is also featured in many books about urban sketching.
Rita’s main areas of interest are Reportage Illustration, Travel Sketching, and Visual Storytelling are but she is often seen on street corners capturing busy markets, festivals, protestors, musicians, and regular citizens living their life in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. 

Rita holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Art, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Masters in Interface Design from The Elisava School of Design in Barcelona. When not sketching or teaching she is a busy designer, parent, tango dancer and a tango pianist.