The striking double portrait of Joni Mitchell used here on the website and in Both Sides Now’s publicity was created by American artist Carolyn Hall Young. Keys player Aidan came across the image while browsing the internet. He tried to contact Carolyn but sadly discovered she had died around a year earlier, following a battle with cancer.
However, Aidan managed to get in touch with Carolyn’s husband Warren and obtained his permission to use the artwork. In return, Both Sides Now has contributed to a memorial fund set up in Carolyn’s name to help cancer victims.
Warren said: “Carolyn was a huge fan of Joni and I know that she would feel excited about having her art used in this way.”
Carolyn originally studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, including a period in Rome as an honors student. The artwork was created in 2015 after Carolyn heard the news of Joni’s brain aneurysm. She described it at the time as a ‘prayer’ for the artist’s recovery and comfort.