“The Medusa Nebula”

Oil on canvas – 30 x 48 inches The background of the Medusa Nebula was completed in 2014. I was never happy with it, so three or four months ago I added to it. Since this is the time of COVID -19, I added the human Medusa, nineteen snakes, and some covid stars. The snakes on top cryptically spell out COVID. Since the outbreak I have not been inspired to do much painting, and once I started on this I found it painfully hard to complete. I did not enjoy painting the snakes, and my husband disliked the painting very much, until recently when it was almost completed. I forced myself to finish it before I start a new painting. It will always be a reminder of the lost, unreal year of 2020.

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Barbara Sheehana

Born in 1944 in Washington, D.C., I have painted and sculpted most of my life. At 74 years of age, I feel I am at my most creative time of life. I started painting a series of "Nebula Art" in 2015 after seeing the Hubble Space Telescope images. I find so much joy in attempting to capture these beautiful photographs. I live now in Naples, Florida, and have 18 completed paintings so far and will continue to paint as long as I am able. I studied art and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.; painting and sculpture at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. I have taken art classes in my community of Pelican Bay. Exhibition include Swiss Embassy, Torpedo Factory, Pelican Bay Community Center, Naples Art Association and Rookery Bay

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