They say all Mainers return to Maine, and artist/author JA (Jean Ann) Pollard is no exception.
Always an avid cook and gardener, she absorbed cooking ideas during several exciting misadventures in such places as Libya, Tunisia, Russia, England, southern France, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Boston, New York, Washington DC and, oh yes! California.
Combining new tastes with the no-nonsense cooking of her Maine mother and grandmother, she created the well-known New Maine Cooking-- “the original book that inspired today’s whole foods movement”. It follows Maine’s four beautiful seasons and won raves from Publisher’s Weekly.
As with her child’s book, The Ice Ladder, and many of her short-stories, newspaper and magazine articles, JA illustrated the cookbook in pen and ink.
Today, back home in Winslow and with growing concern over the health of our one-and-only planet, she is expanding her Gaia Series of acrylic paintings, which are owned by people from Russia to England, to the US, including NASA scientists. They are being shown around the state in an effort to raise awareness about climate change.
Look for her upcoming book, fully illustrated in color "Least Angel."
To learn more go to her website: JeanAnnPollard.com
“In poetic prose on skyscapes of blues and purples, angels rush across the
heavens for a rendezvous with the Star. The smallest angel, the least one,
ignites it. The spheres sing, and the ecstasy of the Holy Night explodes to embrace humankind. To hold the pages of this book is a truly beautiful experience.”
—MARIE J. BENNER, Children’s Librarian