Which comes first when telling a story: the character or the narrative? For the artist and painter Katherine Fraser, it all starts with a facial expression–a visage from which worlds bloom from the viewers’ imagination. Her vast collection of oil paintings pushes viewers to reflect and wonder. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist used her abilities to give people a sense of community during isolation with her collection and virtual show, "Alone Together.” 

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One of life’s greatest pleasures lies in its simplicity. 

Waking up to a gorgeous sunrise, hues of orange and yellow mixing together to glow over the horizon, while the sun’s rays seem to dance like shadows on the ground; laying on your bed, gazing out of the window, allowing the body to simply exist as you take in another breath of air. 

These priceless moments are the framework from which Lori Saint Rome draws inspiration. Her artwork centers around humanity and nature,  illustrating just how colorful and simple everyday activities can be.

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During the pandemic, people found new joys, new hobbies, and new connections. Many searched for a creative outlet to express themselves. The pandemic gave Artist Laura Theresia Köhler a chance to find her purpose through painting. She, and others, found solace in her colorful abstract designs, during a time of so much uncertainty. Her goal for her art is to always provide instant happiness and joy to whoever lays eyes on it. 

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Photography has the ability to capture specific moments in time and freeze important memories. A photographer is a storyteller, who has the power to share life through their lens. American photographer Deana Lawson creates intimate portraits of Black men and women posed in domestic settings that tell a story of their own. Recently, Lawson was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, considered to be the most important award devoted to photography, and it is given to an artist who has made the most significant contribution to photography. 

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St. Petersburg Digital Artist Nick Davis shows a “new level of love” with his 2019 “Black is Beautiful” art series. Analyzing the digital artist’s body of work felt like perusing through memories. If you had the pleasure to look through his Instagram, you would find countless portraits displaying various characters and watchful eyes placed in quaint and colorful settings. Profound quotes from historical figures, movies, and songs inhabit the descriptions of each post. In an article for the local Florida newspaper, The Gabber, the artist states: “I believe people can see themselves in the quotes… and the eyes.”

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