As the artist behind JSANMATEOART, Jobelle San Mateo drew with pencils until she discovered that the pen can also be used to draw intricate works of art.

Her recent works include subjects she has photographed and then drawn in a photorealistic style using the pen medium - friends and family, different places in-and-out of Calgary and anything else that catches her eye.

1. What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?
Life in Calgary is a privilege! I’m lucky to be living in a city that is ranked as one of the most livable cities in North America and 4th best in the world (according to the Economic Intelligence Unit)! I also tell friends about the World Mayor Project ranking Naheed Nenshi as the best mayor in the world. And don’t forget about that time when the Mercer Global Financial named Calgary as the cleanest city in the world! I’m grateful and proud to be living in our city.

2. What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone who isn’t familiar with the city?
The weather! New comers should know it’s possible to live in four different seasons in one day in our city. Don’t love the weather – wait ten minutes.

3. Where do you take friends and family when they visit?
The Calgary Tower, a walk down Stephen Avenue, the view from Crescent Heights, Peter’s Drive-In and the Calgary Zoo to name a few. Also, Calgarians are lucky to live close by other destinations. Our city is situated near the mountains where friends and family can enjoy places like Banff and Lake Louise.

4. Where is your favorite place to eat or visit in Calgary?
My favourite place to eat in Calgary are all the Pho restaurants! I also like to visit the Devonian Gardens within the CORE mall when catching up with friends or when out on a date.

5. Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary?
If you move to Calgary and are downtown, you’ll be able to walk to different buildings without a jacket during winter because of the Plus15 Skywalk!

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People of different backgrounds and a million stories. I love being a part of Calgary.

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