Vision to Verse:Collaboration with Maj Ragain, poet
I met Maj Ragain (1940-2018) during a magical summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. We were both resident fellows, each fulfilling a dream of creating our art warmed by Cape Cod's ocean breezes and sunlight. Maj read his poem, The Summer We Yearned For Comes and the next day, I painted, Sweet Sweat, a portrait of Luanne, his wife. From then on we talked, observed and made work, a call and response, which mutually challenged and encouraged our art. Four years later, we created a collaborative exhibition, Vision to Verse-Verse to Vision. And in 2018, our last exhibition, Home To Sargasso Sea culminated nearly two decades of our long, loving call and response. Maj and I would still be encouraging each other, if not, for Maj's death in the spring of 2018.
Many of the works shown here were Ragain's poems in response to my paintings. To see more artwork and poetry go to: