The Willson Center’s project to document through art the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic plague seemed fitting for my concerns and methods of expressing myself artistically. As some know, my paintings often reflect on the tenor of the times, and often the Zeitgeist of Athens itself.
I’ve personally been toiling in a vegetable garden and fruit orchard that I planted this spring due to my concerns of the Coronavirus. That is what led me to paint the image of the skeletal reaper in the orchard picking the last good pear! It seems to me an appropriate image with historical symbolic echoes to document our current times.
[Terry Rowlett’s Flagpole interview]
“REAPER 2020,” oil on canvas, 35″× 24″