Created in isolation, a new chapter in art-making aided by the pandemic
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Despite the years of suffering that we all witnessed and/or experienced as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, this period of confinement rekindled my passion for oil painting, offering me the time and space to create work that was personal, evocative, and distinctly relevant. After I lost my job in August 2020, my Grandfather passed away, leaving me his old set of oils that he had painted with for more than half a century. Although I have a background in oil painting, I had put it aside for many years in favor of building a career as an Art Therapist and Muralist in NYC. When my schedule suddenly opened up and I couldn't leave my apartment, I decided to dive back in. Since that day, I have been obsessively charged with creative drive. This series is a direct response to the barrage of messages I received in the news, social media, and throughout my community. As an artist, I felt it was my responsibility to record my experience of this outrageous time in history so that future viewers can understand it's critical impact on our social consciousness. I also wanted to make my Grandpa proud.