Wolfram Alderson with his mother Cella

Photo of Cella taken by Jasper Wood

We come here to love and to learn.

Cella Coffin

Cella Coffin (My mother – photos to the left)

My earliest memories in life were crawling around the artists’ studios (Adja YunkersRaphael and Moses Soyer, and others) where my mother modeled for painters in New York City.

Her poetry and art inspired me over and over again, creating moments of magic and places of rescue. She painted over our kitchen walls, and filled our lives with poetry and art. I’m not sure if I would have become an artist if it weren’t for her – but I do know she inspires me over and over again. If I lack inspiration, I just dip into some of her poetry, or remember they way in which she venerated artists like Kenneth Patchen. There are a number of links on this website with references to her:

In the museum of primitive art





Cella with a painting given to her by Adja Yunkers

Painting of Cella by Raphael Soyer

Painting of Cella by Raphael Soyer

Painting of Cella by Yolanda Gonzalez

Cella in blue by Raphael Soyer

Nude by Raphael Soyer

Cella – Glamour Pic

Portrait by Raphael Soyer