My name is: Charlotte Bassin

Artist, world traveler

Posted 10/9/17

From globetrotting to Golden

From about age 18 to 28, I traveled the world. I've lived in or travelled to all the continents except Antarctica.

After I realized I was ready to settle down and start a family with my husband, designing the maps …

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My name is: Charlotte Bassin

Artist, world traveler

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From globetrotting to Golden

From about age 18 to 28, I traveled the world. I've lived in or travelled to all the continents except Antarctica.

After I realized I was ready to settle down and start a family with my husband, designing the maps became my creative outlet and connection to travel. When you're an artist, you have a natural need to create.

I'm originally from Massachusetts. I met my husband Scott in 2003 on a plane. He had a great sense of humor and we both had a passion for travel. We just hit it off. I was traveling to Colorado to visit a high school friend who lives in Boulder. Scott lived in Denver, and was traveling on business.

Then, I went to Australia and traveled there for about nine months, but we kept in touch. Long story short, I moved to Denver and we got married in 2006 — after he proposed on a plane over the PA system.

We've lived in Golden for 12 years, and we have two daughters, 7 and 9. They go to Mitchell and love it. We're planning on taking them on a trip around the world in 2020.

For the love of art

Most recently, I worked at the Denver Zoo as a designer and photographer. I loved my job, but all the signs were pointing for me to pursue becoming a professional artist.

I left the zoo in June, and at the end of July, I decided to start my 100 day challenges. My challenges are to take a hike and share a world map that I created on social media every day for 100 days. Day 100 will be Nov. 1.

Also, at about that time, the Athena Project — a local nonprofit that empowers women in the arts — asked me to be on their board of directors and help with their rebranding initiative. I've been volunteering with them since June, and the support I get as an artist has been amazing. I've witnessed what an asset the organization is to the arts community in Denver.

Sparking the desire to travel in all

You can find the maps I've created on Instagram at wanderandwonderworldmaps.

My dream is to have my maps accessible to all — especially students who can hang them in their dorm rooms, which will ideally spark a curiosity in them to see the world.

Right now, the maps are available as original artwork, canvas prints and pushpin boards.

As I share my maps with the world, I hope others are inspired to travel or recognize the interconnectedness of humanity. My maps never have political boundaries. One of the things I learned from travel is that we really are all human beings — despite our differences, we have a lot in common as people sharing this planet.

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