"Art is a comfort ..."
What are you currently working on?
Right now I mostly work in gouache on paper although in the past I have painted in oil and acrylic, and also made embroideries. I am working on a giant painting of a rabbit. It's one of a series of animals I either had as a kid, or was around during my childhood.
Has your art making shifted in response to the pandemic? How?
My work hasn't really shifted much during the Coronavirus outbreak, however I have more time to paint, and it serves to calm me, as like everyone else, I feel pretty anxious.
What is the role that art can play in helping us confront our new reality?
I think it's nice for other people, as well as ourselves to see and to have something positive happening in our lives. I know a lot of people who don't normally make art or have time to make art, who are turning to it now. Art is a comfort, and it's healing, and a positive distraction.
Beth Secor is an artist and a visual arts professor living in Houston. She has been making art since she first drew on her bedroom wall when she was two years old. See more of her work here.