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In pandemic my friends keep calling & emailing to check on me during “lockdown”; as the most ‘out-every-night’ social woman Seattle they probably assumed I’d go off the deep end. My studio - too often procrastinated - has become a haven of sanity (ok, all that candy I keep out there is also a lure. Yup, I’m doing my part to “Fatten the Curve” as per Fauci)….

Much of my art involves verbiage/puns and assemblage decorating my frames, plus I've always been a fan of classical portraiture (& people in general). The lightbulb moment struck: CORONA obviously means CROWN as well as COVID, so the CORONA QUEENS (all powerful women, another thing the world needs now along with laughs?) series was born.

This represents Queen Elizabeth 1st’s “corona” or crown depicting the virus. Queen Elizabeth's fan cools but also shields her face, our masks of today (& her heavy white powder covered up smallpox scars). During Elizabethan times there were numerous pandemics: the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), Small Pox, Typhus, etc., egalitarian epidemics affecting commoners to royalty. The Visconte of Milan were the first to enforce quarantine. The phrase “a clean house is healthy house” was coined, reiterated in 2020 with Purell and sanitizers.