It began at the end.
The tragic killing of Coeur d’Alene police officer Greg Moore on May 5, 2015, inspired local businessman Alan Golub to create an everlasting visual memorial to the veteran policeman whose life ended in the line of duty on what should have been a routine call.
The outpouring of community mourning and support was heartfelt. And the popular K27 stickers are still displayed on hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles around the community. K27 was Sergeant Moore’s police call number.
But Golub decided there should be more than just a call number to remember the fallen officer.
“I thought remembering him should be more visual,” says Golub, 65, who previously owned a manufacturing facility in Hayden, moving to North Idaho from California in 1996.
So, Golub followed the lead of his “very technology savvy” son and two years ago developed a new business: Your Story Art. He’s off to a good start, and he visualizes continued success.
According to Golub’s website, “Alan’s expressed artistic objective is to tell the stories of accomplishment for others who cannot themselves speak or who seldom get the recognition they so deserve.”
Golub creates stories from images using state-of-the-art computer applications to transform pictures into wordless keepsake stories. He can even turn old black and white photos into color, picking his own colorization.
“(The idea)...was to have anyone who wants to honor someone or memorialize someone to send us images and I have the ability to collage it,” Golub says.
And that he has done.
Golub has created dozens of collages of people—past and present—to salute their accomplishments and honor their achievements, or just pay tribute to the uniqueness of a person.
“I wanted to offer a way for someone to memorialize someone … or just to recognize them in today,” he says. “The loved ones send images and I work it from there.”
The artistic idea behind Your Story Art has turned into a growing business.
While memorializing people is part of what his artwork is about, Golub says a bigger part of his clientele is local business people, including Realtors and home builders who want to offer thanks to their clients in the form of an artistic collage.
“It’s something more than flowers … something that can be a keepsake that you could put on the wall and appreciate for years,” he says.
His collages, typically posted on a 22-by-12-inch frame, cost his clients $250.
However, Golub offered the Officer Moore piece of artwork to the community for free, at his own expense.
“I printed several hundred of them and gave them away as a gift to remember him,” he says.
What’s most important to Golub is to “tell a story in one image, or a collage of images,” he says. Words, he adds, are usually unnecessary.
“If I have to put words to it then I consider it a failure,” Golub says.
BRIGHTENING THE PAST
While Golub enjoys capturing and telling stories through recent photos, he also brings to life the distant past.
“I’ve colorized pictures of people’s parents from World War II, and all of the sudden it’s not just a black and white picture, it comes to life,” he says. “It’s really very stunning.”
In one collage, for example, he included an image of an 18-year-old Jewish girl during the Nazi holocaust in the early 1940s, then shows her currently at 93 years old as a loving grandmother.
“These are collages that can be passed on to their kids and last for generations,” he says.
Golub says he hopes to continue to build Your Story Art. And he has the inspiration to carry on.
“My long-term goal is to be the Norman Rockwell for the 21st century,” Golub says of 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. “He’s my hero.”
A passion for creativity
Golub considers himself a “digital storyteller.”
All his work is displayed on his website (yourstoryart.com).
Though he may be a late bloomer into the technical world of digital imagery, Golub is content with his new direction.
“I started my new career at 65, and I couldn’t happier,” he says.