Painting in a pandemic


“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude” — Voltaire


Like everyone else, the pandemic brought about an involuntary isolation this year. Working alone has always suited me, finding inspiration and peace in the solitude of my own thoughts. I painted in three isolated locations, my yard, on a fellow artist’s rural land, and in the Arc of Appalachia Nature Reserve. 


Previously ordinary structures have been the subject matter of my paintings. The change to the cadence of life provoked a change in subject matter. Being alone in the forrest with the sound of nature inspired a new choice of subject matter, light and pallet and provided a much needed reprieve from the chaos in the world. 


While I found this year incredibly satisfying from an artistic standpoint, I miss the company of other artists, along with visiting galleries and museums, attending openings and having people over for dinner. 

Six trees
2020
oil on canvas mounted on panel
16" x 20"
Pine tree clouds
2020
oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Five trees dancing
2020
oil on canvas
48" x 40"
Dancing
2020
oil on canvas
30" x 38"
Old pine
2020
oil on board
16" x 20"
A late Summer morning
2020
oil on board
24" x 30"
A dog and his yard
2020
oil on board
16" x 20"
garage door
2020
oil on panel
16" x 12"
Garage dormer
2020
oil on aluminum panel
20" x 16"
For you and for me
2020
oil on panel
16" x 20"
Magnolia, Spring leaves
2020
oil on panel
14" x 11"
Stillness
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
10" x 16"
Reflections
2020
oil on panel
11" x 16"
Saplings and boulders
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
15" x 10"
Along Rocky Fork river
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
11" x 16"
Tilted
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
9" x 15"
Grass hair
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
10" x 16"
Trees and boulders
2020
oil on board
11" x 14"
Rocky Fork river boulder
2020
oil on paper mounted on panel
7" x 10"