October 28, 2012

Portland illustrator Scott Nash has been busy around town

Nash has led the effort to reface the clock tower at Monument Square with MECA student artwork, published a new book and organized a show at the library.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Scott Nash in his Portland office and, below, Captain Blue Jay, the star of his new book

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Nash and his students have made clever use of the non-functioning clock tower in Portland’s Monument Square.

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But Nash and his nameless bandit/partner persisted. They returned again in the dark to put up new designs, and eventually clued in the city and got its blessings.

"The big eye makes me chuckle every time I walk past the thing," Nash said, referencing the illustration that was in the clock tower as of this writing. "It's really very effective."

Nash loves living in Portland. He and his wife moved to Peaks Island 16 years ago, and Nash does not mind admitting island life was not his first choice. He wanted to feel the pulse of the city under his feet.

But Peaks allows that. He lives quietly on the island among a community of creative people, and comes to Portland every day. He has an office in the Old Port and an office at MECA, and a car that he drives around in search of quiet places to write when the coffee shops feel too distracting.

"I love the duality of my life," he said. "I love this city. I feel so connected here. It's a visceral thing. It feels to me the right place to be."

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