An island. An artist. A secret.
In June of 1985, Caroline Painter's uncle whisks her away from her island home at Painter Place to film an art video in the harbor village of Mevaggisey. But instead of clearing her head, the young artist becomes entangled in adventure on the English Channel when she influences a rock star’s contract and the media launches her into fame. When she returns home, she discovers a shattering secret that makes her question everything in her life. Can she trust the only one who says he understands?
"Inspiring Southern Ambiance"
Pamela Poole is an artist and author currently living in Raleigh, NC with her husband Mark. Painter Place is Pamela's first novel, written when her son encouraged her to write the kind of book she wanted to read but couldn’t find. The setting is a fictional island north of her creative muse, Charleston, SC, and it took on a life of its own to become a family saga. The second book, Hugo, follows the characters at Painter Place as they endure the historic monster hurricane.
Jaguar is Book 3 in the saga, taking the Painter Place cast deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Pamela is currently working on Landmark, the fourth novel, as well as paintings inspired by the stories.
I once overheard a long-time artist advise another one to always sell her work rather than hold onto a favorite for sentimental reasons. She said, “You can always paint another one.” But that was bad advice, because you’ll never be the same person when you "paint another one." In fact, if you painted the original with a passion that released emotions inside of you which encouraged personal growth, nothing of it remains to infuse into a copy. You moved on.
In this scene from my novel Painter Place, a young artist named Caroline Painter illustrates my point about the change that prevents an artist from painting "another one." She's traveled to the English harbor town of Mevagissey in 1985 to help her uncle with filming an art video. The trip was supposed to help her get past a painful life change, but as an artist, it opened her emotions to try something bold and different.
Painter Place (Painter Place Saga Book 1)
“Most of you here know that an original painting is an interaction with an artist. At any given time on any given day, the same subject matter by the same artist will be portrayed differently according to moods and other influences. Sometimes, we paint a scene simply to share it and get people to look closer. Other times, we’re working out something inside of ourselves, the way people might talk things through to see more clearly. And at other times, the subject has special significance on a personal level.”