Porn, glitter, and ugly ladies are what Vivian Grimes paints. Crown Royal, Guinness and Canadian Club are what she drinks. Bartenders, drunken losers and a high school janitor, who she’s still trying to forget, are the men in her life.
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At the age of twenty-five, Vivian Grimes is a successful New York artist but she is an alcoholic. Her days begin in the afternoon, hung over with a horrible painting from the night before that she fixes into something she can sell.
On a sunny afternoon she meets Damien Doyle who works at Starbucks and gives her free mochas for being pretty. Damien quits his job at Starbucks to work at a bar in Manhattan. That’s when trouble begins for both of them. Vivian gets drunker, delusional while Damien becomes an abusive boyfriend.
After she leaves Damien she meets Eddie Scozzari, a happy drunk, who is twenty years older than her. Eddie reminds Vivian of her first love Darren Bader (her high school janitor).
Eddie and Vivian quickly move in together. Finally, Vivian has found true love and her glitter nude paintings are selling like hot cakes. Life couldn’t be any more perfect for Vivian.
A winter storm and a car crash flips Vivian’s world upside down. Will Vivian be able to get her life back? Will Vivian be able to paint again?
The Coffee Painter is a dark portrait story narrated by the inebriated Vivian Grimes an unlucky Canadian artist who is trapped by booze, bad lovers, and ugly paintings.