6/20/2020 Sun

A year ago, I was gifted an extraordinary stay on Santorini island. Each night with friends, we watched the evening sun dip behind the rim of the extinct volcano of which Santorini island forms part. The phenomenon produces one of the most romantic and beautiful photo opportunities on the planet.

As I paint watercolor and oil paintings in 2019, and during quarantine, exploring the beauty of Santorini, COVID-19 has impacted tourism to the island. This is a brutal time for some businesses. Others on the island are looking forward to the prospect of a new era, where Santorini’s beauty can flourish without being turned into a machine for tourism. In the summer of 2020, Santorini, with its blue-domed churches and thousand-foot cliffs, looks the same as when I was there, but is unusually empty.

The town of Oia, was closest to our location. This picturesque coastal village is the island’s most celebrated spot. Crowds of tourists are typically lured by the charm of whitewashed houses with blue doors, the precipitous views over the volcanic caldera, and the sheer vertical drop along the central walkway. Oia's enduring popularity typically attracts huge groups of tourists by plane and cruise ship.

COVID-19 has also impacted the ability to share art in the public realm. I was hoping to share these paintings in 2020 at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. Alas, we are not in control. An exhibition is currently being planned for summer 2021. I hope to meet you there, safely, to share my interpretation of a beautiful place.  
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