Solstice Celebration

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

My paintings are inspired by experiences of outdoor places. During 2020 we spent more time outside during the global pandemic to seek safety and connection to neighbors to overcome isolation. Neighborhood “outdoor rooms” in front and back yards or on the street became our gathering places. We heard about isolation from loved ones, job loss, stress from working at home and school at home. We lost track of time because our social patterns changed to isolation. This painting was concluded in time for Summer Solstice celebration.

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” outdoor adventure.

Natural, organic imagery is my focus, followed by mark-making and use of material transparencies. My work includes botanical forms and gestures, using color as a vehicle to convey energy from nature. I create images of imaginary botanical environments inviting my viewers to visit.