Julie’s Irises along Immel Creek

Ink, Watercolor and Oil on Yupo Paper
26″ x 40″
Photo by Teresa Rafidi

My paintings are Life Outdoors expressed in paint. During 2020 we spent more time outside during the global pandemic to seek safety and connection to neighbors to overcome isolation. “Outdoor rooms” in front and back yards or on the street became our gathering places. Sitting at the neighbors’ picnic table, we heard about isolation from loved ones, job loss, stress from working at home and school at home. Irises line the fence lines and the creek beds in our neighborhood.

Being outdoors can be a link to childhood. I was raised on a rural Wisconsin pine tree farm where trees beckoned to me as imaginary childhood friends. My connection to outdoor energy is like being with family comfort.