Like most artists I traveled many roads of self expression when creating my art. I majored in drawing at CMU in the 70’s but since then I have pursued painting, calligraphy, ceramics, taught kindergarten in PPS for 15 years, then looped back in retirement to return to drawing, painting and ceramics, all while raising two excellent sons, becoming a grandma and cultivating a partnership with my husband Vic for 50 years (October 30!). Fourteen years ago after teaching, Vic added on to our Benezette PA cabin and Nuthatch Studios was born. Here Vic and our son Marty create heirloom toys and sculpt wood while I make pottery, paint and drive through the mountains, looking for that day’s perfect composition to record. We display and sell our wares in the shop. A good life. And then the Covid came to town. Although my work has not changed drastically, I am no longer getting together with fellow artists at WSCC for weekly life study sessions – my family are not ready models and I have to be quick to catch them in the act when I do – but there is always me and a mirror. Six self portraits (of many!) are included here. I’ve come to love the stately giants in the mountains of Elk County and also the frequently pruned and cramped urban trees of my Pittsburgh life as they bravely survive while spilling out over sidewalks and keeping company with garbage cans on pickup day. And there are the abundance of urban area parks, especially in the Fox Chapel area. Covid doesn’t restrict my access to the trees that surround me. I have had a pottery wheel and kiln at the cabin for years, but winters are especially cold there so I started going to open studio at Ton Pottery in Millvale. This was great but then Covid caused its temporary closing. This resulted in my exploring alternative firings such as barrel firing. I found that I enjoyed the experimental nature of the results. When I returned to Ton last summer, Dan Kuhn did a workshop with me that ended with building my own raku kiln. I fire this regularly, loving the unpredictability of the results. Four of these are included here,too. Another positive of art in isolation has been a confirmed need to just DO it. In 2021 I resolved to draw daily – and have been pleased with the results. Reviewing my work done in the past year for this virtual exhibit, I noticed growth in recognizing my unique style develop. These regular drawings are also windows into choosing subject matter that I live with and then interpreting it as I understand it. A process that brings me peace. Here is a sampling of my art from the year of the pandemic. May it be over soon.