Creative Quarantine: Clarence Heyward

A Virtual Exhibition by Raleigh Arts

From Clarence Heyward -

Remaining creative during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order is the only thing keeping me sane. Continuing to paint has provided comfort and a sense of normalcy during these uncertain times. While I have not been unable to venture out to my studio at Anchorlight in Raleigh, I have been working at home. Working from home is anything but normal for me. I have two children, budding artist themselves, who believe if Im at home painting then Im "not really working". They want to paint with me, a request that I've have succumb to too many times during this crisis. Aside, from gaining studio assistants, my studio practice has remained the consistent in terms of production. Actually I can say that Ive been more productive, as watching the news has led to sleepless nights in which I stay up and paint. Usually my studio hours are 10-4, now this is a 24hr operation.

Currently Im working on ideas/projects that I'd begun prior to the shutdown. The extra time has allowed me to get more in depth in terms of research, adding more depth to my work.

I find myself longing for interaction with other artist. I miss the critiques, and conversations with my studio mates. I miss gallery and museum visits. I miss moments of random inspiration that can only happen from being outside randomly. I miss what I believed to be normal. I miss what I believe will never be the same again.




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Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

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