In the Covid-19 pandemic world, birds remain free to go about business as usual. They can flock together and converse through their songs in the same way they always have. For us humans, things are different. “Social distancing” has become the new normal and I admire our country for putting the health of others as the top priority. In fact, I found inspiration for this painting in social distancing, wanting to express something positive in a time that often feels awkward. Barn swallows have always been a favorite of mine and are the subject of this painting. They take me back to an easier time. Days full of sunshine and the blessing of a friendly conversation.