March 26, 2020
working through uncertain times
As I finished this piece, I realized this work spanned a timeline we all won't soon forget. When I started this piece, people were just hearing about a strange virus that no one had ever seen before. Now, just a few months later, I'm working from home, our state has closed down many businesses, people are losing their jobs, 3.5 million unemployment claims filed in a week, grocery stores with isle after isle completely empty, and I'm seeing this new piece take on a completely different message.
I feel that artists have a unique responsibility to represent the world in real time. I don't know if I can do justice to paint the "new reality" COVID-19 has caused.
Courage, staying positive, keeping healthy and strong, and refusing to surrender has been my personal life strategy, I hope this piece will help others focus on their personal strength and resilience.