The fight against Covid-19 continued throughout 2020 and into 2021. This painting was created during the third lockdown period. By now my nerves were beginning to fray; there seemed little hope of ever getting out of this world-wide situation. The pandemic had a stronghold. Apart from a slight respite during the summer of 2020, when cases diminished enough for some socialising, I had been resigned to the four walls of my bungalow for almost a year. There was nothing I could do to help the situation except to remain at home as the government clearly directed in their published rules and regulations. Then we heard a vaccine had been created; in fact two had been manufactured. A race against time began with the government trying to vaccinate as many of the population as possible in a bid to win against the horrific number of cases that were growing out of control. Starting with the oldest and most vulnerable in society first, the programme began.
Fighting Covid is an oil painting depicting the rush to find a vaccine and administer it against the wave of casualties who had succumbed to the claws of the coronavirus. There is a dark heaviness to the painting but there is also a delicate light as the vaccine begins to filter through, overpowering the virus.