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Moon over Gulfport

Kiersty Long
2021, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas,  30" x 24", Physical and Online Exhibit

"During the Pandemic, my life was turned upside down. My marriage to my wife ended, I moved to a new home where I lived alone, and I embarked on my new career path as a full-time artist.  Needless to say, this was a time of great pain but also great opportunity for me.  As a member of the LGBTQIA community, the pandemic was a tough reality.  I felt a true loss of community and the isolation became overwhelming.  My typical meeting spaces to feel a sense of family and community were all on lock down and the isolation was intense. 


When the pandemic began, and my life changed so drastically, I learned to meditate.  Every night at sunset, I would walk to our bay, the Boca Ciega.  I would sit in silence, looking at our beautiful bay and take in all of the amazing small miracles around me.  As I learned to control my breath and meditate, I was transported to a magical version of our bay.


The full moon rising in front of the rainbow-colored galaxy gave me strength. A magical mermaid creature swam the depths of the bay looking for companionship with the lonely occupants of the house boats.  A small shooting star darts across the sky representing hope for the future. “Moon Over Gulfport” takes the viewer to this fantasy world that I envisioned when I needed so terribly to find beauty in life again."

About the Artist

"I am a working artist who collaborates with clients by creating original works of art including canvas paintings, yard art and murals."

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