There were other sides to Jack Palance, and it took some aging to bring them out. Late in life, in 1996, he wrote “Forest of Love,” a prose poem about male sexuality and fears of loneliness. It was accompanied by his own pen-and-ink drawings, inspired in part by his feelings about his farm near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He had been drawing and painting since the late 1950s, when he lived in Rome, but hardly anyone knew of that talent until “Forest of Love” was published.

In “Forest of Love,” Jack Palance takes us on an intimate and emotional ride through a love affair — the love of a woman and the love of nature — brilliantly intertwining his artwork and text in a journey filled with exhilaration, passion, ecstasy, disappointment, remorse, and ultimately, rebirth. A writer and artist for all of his life, this is Palance’s first published book. With over 20,000 copies in print since its initial publication in November, 1996, Jack Palance has received widespread acclaim for The Forest of Love. With numerous appearances on such programs as Regis & Kathy Lee, Conan O’Brien, and Charlie Rose, Palance has established himself as a fresh voice of male sensuality.

Listen to an excerpt from “Forest of Love.”

Jack painted in the style of Fauvism and Expressionism.

Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for “the wild beasts”), a short-lived and loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality.

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