Artwork / 2020

Anna’s hummingbird perched on a branch rainbow unicow mom and baby painted by queer artist Gwenn Seemel dragonfly art abstract pink zinnia painting fine art commissioned portrait of a woman and her tween daughter two magpies arguing fine art portrait of a boy with his grandmother album cover, yin yang and dancing tool wall illustration by independent artist Gwenn Seemel three cheetahs, a wild cat mom with her kittens hanpainted swirly design tote COVID self-portrait by independent artist Gwenn Seemel broken egg with yolk spilling out artwork painting of a little girl holding a snake fine art portraits of four kids strawberry flower art parsley art, jalapeño painting, and leek illustration chameleon artwork by American artist Gwenn Seemel Brittany spaniel running impressionist artwork American flag with rainbow nuances, painted by Gwenn Seemel snow leopard illustration beaver with the ecosystem she created painting of a rose by Gwenn Seemel raven flying over a baby elephant landscape art by Jersey shore artist Gwenn Seemel

2020 was scary on a global scale. Though some days the weight of all the suffering caused by COVID-19 and by 45’s mishandling of the virus left me unable to function, I still made art.

In this gallery, you’re seeing commissioned pieces as well as small affordable artworks—pieces whose sales allowed me to keep making a living even as the economy fell apart. I made a collection of images in direct response to the pandemic and published my animal alphabet book, Baby Sees ABCs.

Baby Sees ABCs, word search and baby name book by Gwenn Seemel
Baby Sees ABCs, the book

Full of first names, fun art, and unusual fauna, this ABC book provides not only a foundation for verbal and artistic literacy, but also a word search!

Baby Sees ABCs is available for $20. This price does not include shipping or tax, both of which will be calculated by Lulu, the service that will print and ship the book.

$20

Gwenn Seemel eagle and sea turtle for NJ Transit public art in Atlantic City, New Jersey
TRANSITional Art Project in Atlantic City, photo by David Vanadia

My work was also featured as part of NJ Transit’s TRANSITional Art Project, a public art exhibit. This eagle image and this sea turtle painting were blown up, printed out, and put on display at the railway station in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Gwenn Seemel on Miriam Schulman’s podcast The Inspiration Place
screenshot of The Inspiration Place

When I quit Facebook at the end of 2020, I was a bit nervous: glad to distance myself from a company whose main priority seems to be quantity over quality in all things, but still worried about the impact on my career. It turned out that the repercussions were overwhelmingly positive, like being invited onto The Inspiration Place! Other interviews I did this year include this ArtC video and a Phoenix 15 Studios one.