Six Degrees of Separation: Summer 2011’s Cover Shot

Ever heard of that concept Six Degrees of Separation? If not, it is based on the idea that we are all interconnected, that no matter where you go, across the globe or across the street, there is someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows you. It is estimated that by combining the right six people, linking together their friends and acquaintances, that we are all connected to each other. I really like the idea, and I like it even more when little instances of serindipity work to confirm the idea further in my mind.

This brings us to the cover art for the Summer 2011 issue of edible South Shore:

Below is an email sent to Laurie, the founder and editor of eSS, Dierdre Donovan is the mystery artist who created the beautiful art showcased by Michael Hart’s eSS Summer 2011 cover shot.

Hi Laurie,

Back Eddy chef/co-owner, Aaron DeRego, recently sent me the link to your site. I was surprised to see an image of the water tanks I painted some years ago. It looks like the paint has held up well through the coastal New England summers and winters!

I painted Tank #1, with the schools fish, in the summer of 2002. I was waiting tables at the Back Eddy and they were looking for an artist to paint a mural on the water tank. So, I submitted a few drawings and owners Sal Liotta and Chris Schlesinger asked me to do the project.

A couple summers later, the restaurant got Tank #2 and I liked the idea of doing something compatible with the first, but different. I had recently been to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and was inspired by the sea anemones I saw there. They were so colorful and beautiful.

I now live in Brooklyn, NY. Moved here in 2006 after finishing the grad program in professional writing at UMass Dartmouth. I work in financial education and am also completing a children’s book.

I’m a big fan of Edible Community publications and always grab the latest issue of Edible Brooklyn. I’m happy that we connected.

Thanks so much for sending me a few issues. Mom and Dad love that!

Take care,
Deirdre Donovan

So thanks to Aaron DeRego for connecting us with Deirdre, we’re thrilled to be able to offer her the recognition she deserves for her stunning paintings.


About eSS&SC

The South Shore and South Coast has been home to hunting, gathering, fishing, farming––and great eating––for over 10,000 years. We are committed to identifying, devouring, and sharing all that Southeastern Massachusetts has to offer today and preserving local options for future generations.
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