Subtitled Tales from Behind the Canvas, Side by Side by Kim Yesis is a thoughtful story about how she helped her husband Peter leave his job as an engineer and become an artist.
This was not an easy transition and actually took years to accomplish. While Peter eventually had some success when they lived in the western part of the country, his artistry and career took off when they moved to midcoast Maine.
Kim does not sugarcoat the story, including her own struggles to support them through her work which sometimes was consuming. You will understand the thoughtfulness and insights offered by Kim, when you know that she has a masters degree in counseling and is a student of human nature.
I am afraid many marriages would never have survived this challenge but theirs grew stronger as they continued down that path together. And after Peter became a big success as an artist, Kim finally got to achieve her dream of becoming a writer.
Published by Maine Author’s Publishing, I also enjoyed Peter’s paintings at the start of each chapter, particularly his coastal paintings and the one of Baxter Park.
I can only hope Kim is working on another book because I’m certain she has more to share with us.