|When asked to create a painting that captured some of the spirit and image of Charleston, artist Kathy Sullivan immediately thought of Edgar Allen Poe and the years he spent in Charleston as he was stationed on Sullivan's Island. During his time on SI he wrote "The Goldbug". Many structures and streets on SI are named for him and his literary works.
"Edgar Allen Poe has such an undeniable allure and adds an air of mystery to Sullivan's Island. I became enthralled with him from the first moment that I crossed from Gold Bug Island over to Sullivan's Island. During my preparation for this painting, I discovered that Poe was actually considered to be an attractive man so I tried to stick to the integrity of the photo I used, but added softness. The amount of medium and the complexity of the strokes hopefully capture his essence with a bit of craziness. Painting Poe has been a total labor of love for me!" -- Kathy Sullivan