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Visiting artist Mary Shea in Seattle, planning for Julia Caroline Knowlton

Last weekend Colin and I were in Seattle, as part of a trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit with friends and family. We were fortunate to be able to visit with Mary Shea who provided paintings for the cover of Keith Taylor’s most recent poetry chapbook, Ecstatic Destinations as well as interior artwork.

Colin photographed her painting, “Bonnard Terrace at Vernon Study,” for the cover of Julia’s new chapbook. Mary’s painting has an intriguing history: not satisfied when she finished it, she tore it into several large pieces. Somehow reassembling the pieces made it work. In the artist’s words: ruining it saved it.

This is the photograph she originally sent us to consider for the cover:Copyright Mary Shea Bonnard Terrace at Vernon Study