STRANGE NEW WORLD

I recently returned from an inspiring trip to the northeast coast of England, in and around Whitby. All you Bram Stoker/“Dracula” fans will be familiar with this town, or at least the abbey.

 


 

I was there for about 12 days, during which I saw some amazingly beautiful rugged coastlines, quaint villages and rolling moors dotted with sheep and horses, and it felt like I was living in a blissful bubble. 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Fast forward to now – I’m thankfully back home in the States and self-quarantining in my home studio but this is definitely not the same world I left. 

 

As we all stay in place, we’re affected differently. Some people are prepping their gardens. Others are baking or sewing things. Still others are taking online classes. 

 

I need to paint, to find grounding and solace in creating – that’s not really all that different than other times of stress and anxiety. What is different is the subject matter that I’m mentally able to paint. Several of the paintings I had prepped before leaving England are now stacked up and waiting for another time because they don’t feel relevant to me now. During this time of anxiety and fear, I’m compelled to create paintings about passageways, about the hope of getting through something.

I’ve attached a photo of one of these paintings and some photos of work in process images.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned as I add images as the paintings unfold. 


In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep your distance but stay connected. If you want to check out more paintings completed recently, click here.

 

 

IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT ART IS A TRYST. FOR IN THE JOY OF IT, MAKER AND BEHOLDER MEET. 

– KOJIRO TOMITA


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