A global pandemic is nothing to be sneezed at… yes, pun intended because one of the only two responses I have found is to laugh. The other is to try to get past the wall created by constant worry, to find inspiration and to paint. In mid-March, as the world we knew came to a screeching halt, I was working two small bird paintings and thought I might have come to the end of that series. But by May, things were turning green and flowers began to bloom. On the one hand, nature had wreaked havoc with a horrible virus but on the other, it reminded us that beauty still exists and calls not just our attention but also our protection. This painting is my first direct answer to the darkness of this year: above lush green leaves, yellow-white lilies burst like small explosions of light, punctuated by brilliant red of zinnias and burnt orange black-eyed Susans.

sunburst, original painting, flowers

Sunburst, Oil on wood panel, 30” x 30”