013 / Pandemic Artwork Stories


013 / pandemic artwork stories


Sunflower Decor

Where are you painting from and what have you been doing to keep busy?

I live in a small town in Central Massachusetts. It is a river valley and there is a federal park associated with the valley. It is quite picturesque with walkways. With nowhere else to go, we have been walking along these paths and have improved our physical stamina. This has been a great advantage to both my husband and I. We are retired and could have been doing this anyway, but there was always something better to do.

How did you find inspiration from your surroundings for it?

The inspiration for my piece in this show was a photo I took last fall at a restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard. Everyone loves sunflowers… they seem even more cheery when the weather is cold and dismal. I was hoping it would be a cheer-up image for anyone who was feeling the stress of these times.

What is one positive that has come from this experience for you?

I signed up for an online class and have improved my painting skills and in doing so, I am able to paint a little faster. Now that we can be outside, I can complete a plein-air painting in a reasonable time.

What is one of your favorite pieces in the collection from a fellow artist?

Jan Franks painting of “The Basket” is my favorite painting. The monochromatic peaceful palette and simple subject reminds me of a Wyeth painting.

Learn more about Carol's artwork and story here