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coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter Artist.Proprietress • oil on copper • Roundup, MT • ❤️ my 3 guys: Troy 🎨 Lukin🐕 & Ainslie🐩 👉 @coilaevansartgallery 👉@docuhistory.thecoalmineproject http://www.coilaevans.com/blog/2018/1/2/in-the-new-year-of-2018
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@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
I’ve been struggling for weeks, with countless drafts, to write an appropriate post to honor these finished portraits as a whole, and for the next phase of this series...i feel like time is moving forward and there have been many things slowing the process to see this project through to completion. one thing i know for sure, things come together in their own time, creating something special that could not otherwise be planned. thank you for your patience. 🙏🏽❤️ ~ coila

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5 96 4 weeks ago

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
A free verse poem by alex schachter
life is like a roller coaster:
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life is like a roller coaster
it has some ups and downs
sometimes you can take it slow
or very fast
it may be hard to breathe at times
but you just have to push yourself
and keep going
your bar is your safety
it’s like your family and friends
you hold on tight and don’t let go
but sometimes you might throw your hands up
because your friends and family will always be with you
just like that bar keeping you safe at all times
it may be too much for you at times
the twists,
the turns,
the upside downs,
but you get back up
and keep chugging along
eventually it all comes to a stop
you won’t know when
or how
but you will know that it will be time to get off
and start anew.
life is like a roller coaster. .

dear alex, i’m not sure that i can follow your poem with words of any consequence. i think you said it well: life is like a roller coaster, indeed.
rip alex schachter 🙏🏽❤️
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1 81 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
“she was deeply loved and loved others even more so,” page wrote. “she was so brilliant and witty, and i’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.” ~ washington post .

in that final moment of panic, helena ramsay’s thoughts did not turn to her own safety — but to the safety of her friend.
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as a gunman opened fire at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland wednesday, helena, a 17-year-old junior, crouched by a bookshelf with her friend, samantha grady. the two best friends were in a holocaust class on the first floor of the 1200 building at the high school, where the shooting occurred.
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as the gunman shot through the glass in the door and entered the room, helena turned to samantha and started instructing her to pick up books to shield herself.
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helena said, “ ‘grab a book. grab a book.’ it was a tiny book, but i took it and held it up,” samantha told nbc. it was enough to save samantha, who hid behind the books and was injured in the shooting. helena was killed.
~ miami herald
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dear helena,
i chose this picture to paint from the many i saw of you smiling, laughing, or being silly. something struck me important about this introspective gaze as you posed with your friend who was wearing a big, beautiful grin. i see you are a deep, sensitive, thinker.
rip helena ramsay 🙏🏽❤️
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1 79 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
Unlike most teenagers, oliver had strong bonds with his family, and his instagram account has many photos of his mother.
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“happy birthday to my rock. without her i would be nothing. she has taught me everything that i know about respect and life itself. i love you,” he wrote in an instagram post in october 2016. ~ miami herald
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dear joaquin, i also read of you and a friend wearing soccer shirts with the messages, “where my heart is,” and “who tires, loses” — one of the slogans of anti-government protests in 2014. in this monochrome palette, i worked hard to make you not look too tough, as i could see the sweetness in your face. but your strength persisted in showing through.
rip joaquin oliver 🙏🏽❤️ .
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3 120 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
The snowy days are finding me moving slow and struggling to focus. i’ve started and scraped two pieces away. although snow is in the forecast the next few days, i’m working to find ways to boost my energy and confidence at the easel.
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5 64 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
"to our dear carmen, you are a bright, beautiful, young woman bursting into the world," the grieving parents wrote. "you are an amazing daughter, sister, and friend. you fill our lives with loving memories that we will always cherish. you are a gift from god and into his arms you return. may his divine embrace now hug you so very tenderly where we cannot. we love and miss you dearly." .
carmen, when i looked at your photograph for these past several days, you reminded me of an old hollywood starlet. perhaps it your coiffure and smile coupled with the tilt of your head. but anyone can see you were on a path for a bright future. rip carmen schentrup 🙏🏽❤️
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7 104 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
Because of the circumstances from which this work was born it has been more than difficult for me to say “thank you” to so many who have reached out with words of affirmation and encouragement.
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those who know me will laugh when i say, “i have felt speechless”. i simply began painting these portraits as a way for myself to process. to honour one, then two young men. as i painted and learned more, i was moved to make them all.
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as time passes, and as i have continued to stay mostly silent,i realize it is just as important if not more so for you all to be acknowledged for all that you have done to show support for this work through, comments, shares, and private messages of encouragement. it does count. and it does help heal us all.
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so, i thank you. i thank each of you for being a part in keeping these youths, these heros, these victim’s spirits alive.
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there are four precious persons yet to be painted...i have had a few things, some are cool things, that have me hustling and have slowed me down from getting to the easel. ah, such is life.
i’m currently staving off being sick, and am anxious to finish this important series.
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thank you for your patience. and thank you for all you do. it keeps me going. 🙏🏽❤️
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3 136 last month

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
“...one of the last conversations cox had with her sister gena hoyer — luke’s mom — about luke’s potential future. what they both knew for sure was that luke was “a happy-go-lucky kid.” the family endearingly called him ‘lukey-bear.’...luke didn’t need to say much; just having him around made the room feel warm and welcoming.”
~ miami herald
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luke, it doesn’t matter if you knew what you wanted to be yet. sometimes people do know what they want, but are afraid to reach for it. you strike me as a person who lived in moments, taking it all in. and i believe if you had known what you wanted, you would have given it all you had. rip luke hoyer 🙏🏽❤️. .
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2 90 March 2018

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
“gina montalto was a dancer, illustrator and top student who made friends with everyone.... gina rose montalto found friends wherever she went.
‘gina was a special girl who melted every heart with her infectious smile that lit up a room’, her parents wrote. of the many, many activities gina threw herself into with enthusiasm, she was known best for her love of color guard.” ~ miami herald .
she, like so many of the others, has kind eyes and a beautiful warmth. rip gina rose montalto 🙏🏽❤️
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7 104 March 2018

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
“dworet was a swimmer at douglas and signed earlier this month to continue swimming collegiately at the university of indianapolis. in his obituary, dworet was described as a leader and a ‘big brother’ figure. he had a diverse taste in music, was close with his family and loved his girlfriend daria.”— sun sentinel
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it took a bit of research to find the last part of the previous statement, confirming what i could see was very true from many of the photos i saw. rip nicholas dworet 🙏🏽❤️
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3 98 March 2018

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
I saw a quote from one of cara’s friends who said when she got a good idea she would just keep smiling. i cannot find it now in the midst of all of the articles being posted in the u.s. and even in the country of her roots, ireland. when i found this picture of cara that’s all i could see. her happy eyes and happy smile moved me to play bing crosby’s version of “when irish eyes are smiling” as i began the start of this piece.
rip cara loughran 🙏🏽❤️
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3 81 March 2018

@coilaevans

Koala not Coil.A • oil painter
It is not lost on me, that this series will not be complete until the other spots are filled on this foam core board.
that is 8 more spots!
that is 8 more lives!
that is 8 more empty chairs at the dinner table.
that is 8 more laughs. lights. extinguished from our atmosphere.
this work is of those who lost their lives, and one person seriously injured while trying to help his fellow classmates. this series does not include all who were wounded or who will go on to suffer trauma in the form of ptsd or survivor’s guilt or any other d****d label out there. this project must be finished with a loving heart. but it is difficult not to become angry...yesterday i was, and i couldn’t place it directly at that time. but i know i’m getting angry as these faces all look back at me. they had so much love, talent, and ambition. they had so much of themselves to offer the world. 😭🙏🏽❤️
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7 115 March 2018