Wintercoat Exhibit

Wintercoat: a group show

11/13/14 - 1/15/15

I'm exhibiting at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OR for WIntercoat: Art Meets Literature. The exhibit was put together by writer Loretta Rosenberg and her artist husband, artist Ben Rosenberg. Loretta is a published novelist and wrote this short story for artists to create a work of art. The aim was not so much to illustrate it but to express how they responded to the story. Each artist was asked to write a quick summary of their process as well. Below is my view:

The story Winter Coat, written by Loretta Rosenberg, is evocative and in someways mysterious. You never quite know where it’s going next. The characters and place are rich, dark, like-able and unlikable. It feels like it was set in the past but is also with us now. These qualities inspired my painting for the exhibit. Beginning with memories and thinking of the story, the painting evolved until the balance of opposites “ felt right“.The most difficult part, which perhaps should have been the easiest, was a title for my piece. Since Winter Coat is about memories, history, endings and beginnings, the title is “ Little Green “. Loretta’s readers will recognize it as the namesake of her first published novel. Endings and beginnings, do we become little or big as time goes on?

For more information about the exhibit and to read the short story Wintercoat please visit Going to Astoria is also mighty fine to visit, one of my favorite and unique cities on the Oregon coast.