Envisioning Paul Cuffe
Posted on February 3, 2022 by Jenny ONeill
Can you imagine the life of Paul Cuffe?
Ray Shaw, a Westport resident and graphic artist, uses watercolor sketches to help visualize the past. His graphite and loose watercolor ‘storybook’ style challenges the viewer to use their imagination to interpret a given subject.
Paul Cuffe’s father, Cuff Slocum, was born free in West Africa. He was enslaved and brought on a slave ship to Newport when he was 11. He gained his freedom when he was 28. Soon thereafter he married Ruth Moses, a Wampanoag woman from Cape Cod and they had 10 children.