Vignettes from Rosemoor
By John R. Hastings Everett, Washington: John R. Hastings, 2016. Edition of 10.
5.5 x 4.25"; 36 pages. Printed on HP premium presentation paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer with pigment inks. Arial font. Wire binding with black card covers. Signed and numbered by the artist.
John Hastings, introduction: "For over thirty-five years Charlotte and I were able to travel. We enjoyed some wonderful and interesting adventures, and these were often the inspiration for our artistic collaborations and for my writing. The, in 2013, Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease called Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). Unfortunately, this disease is progressive and there is no treatment nor cure. As her health declined we were forced to stop traveling, and now we are essentially housebound. My initial reaction to this was almost claustrophobic panic because I love to get out and see new places. FTD has robbed me of not only my best friend but also my muse.
"The answer, I discovered, was to look more closely at my immediate surroundings. I began to see that within our house and out in the garden there was a wealth of images I could use to rekindle my creative spirit. This book then is the product of that closer inspection of what has been right before my eyes all of the time."
Rosemoor is the home of Charlotte Murray and John Hastings. The name was composited from the roses in their English cottage garden and from the moors they traveled through in earlier years.