Pandemic Lemonade: Painting During Covid
Art Exhibit by Betsy Holmes
Hanging at the Whipple Free Gallery for the month of October
Artist Statement: Betsy Holmes
Pandemic Lemonade: Painting During COVID
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. The ongoing Covid experience has been devastating, yet it is often human nature to ‘make the best of a bad situation’. This exhibit is a visual example of my ‘lemonade’, finding beauty in a terrible time.
I am an outdoor/plein air oil painter with a passion for nature – the seasons, weather, light… all of it is inspiration for my work. As a former resident of New Boston and now living on Deering Lake, I’m very fortunate to have this available outside my door. During Covid, I have challenged myself to paint in many ways: to get outdoors everyday in January and do a new painting; to climb in the White Mountains with my gear to capture the spectacular views; to find quite spots all around us where beauty abounds.
As we continue to shape our lives around the changes in public health, climate, and economies the outdoors will continue to give solace. If you have a special place you are willing to share – please let me know so I can try to ‘put it down in paint’.
Betsy Holmes is an outdoor/plein air oil painter with a passion for nature – the seasons, weather, light… all of it is inspiration for her work. Most of her paintings are from New Hampshire, Vermont and the Adirondacks of New York, painted outside on location.
Betsy is a former resident of New Boston and now resides with her husband Ralph on Deering Lake. She is a volunteer instructor of plein air painting and art history at Granite State College OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), and is a land steward with the PLC. A former Library Director, Betsy served on the Whipple Free Library Board of Trustees and is still enjoys the programming and collections of WFL as a non-resident borrower.