December 26, 2010

Bob Keyes: Artist/clammer digs her dual life

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"The Sea Peddler" by Jen Casad, 2007, pencil on illustration board.

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"Farrin's Wharf," 2005, pencil on illustration board

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But Casad has no intention of trading her life on the flats for a life in the studio. She appreciates her double life, clamming when she can and drawing at other times.

"I would like to be able to continue focusing on my art during the winter months and fish during the summers. I'm on the waiting list for my lobster license. It has been a long wait and it probably will be a few more years 'til I get it," she says.

"I think that the fishing and the art really feed off of each other. I hope that I can continue being a part-time artist and fisherman, and maybe someday my art work will eventually contribute equally to my income. But I don't know if really I could do just one or the other. I try to dig hard enough and make enough money so that I don't have to go clamming in the winter. Then I can focus on my art during the cold months. Sometimes this works out and sometimes it doesn't. I go a little stir crazy sitting around all day pushing pencils, so I still go out on the flats to breathe some fresh air and get some exercise. In winter the clam price is usually half of what it is in the summer, but it still makes me feel good to get out there and work hard."

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