As COVID-19 took our Spring 2020 semester online, I found it soothing to lose my hands and mind in watercolor sketches. Since I was suddenly inside the same room for much of the day, I started painting living spaces other than mine from a home-themed Pinterest board I had amassed. I quickly realized, however, that I was craving a more personally relevant subject matter and a way to connect with now-virtual friends through art.
I messaged friends to request photos of places that were meaningful to them, then painted from the photos and sent the 5"x8" watercolors as gifts by mail. A friends' partner's mom even requested to purchase one. These works were featured in Carnegie Mellon School of Design's Rapidly Evolving gallery at the end of the Spring semester, as well as on the School of Design's Instagram page.