Painting by Elisa Bryan

The Source Arts & Literature section highlights the work of our creative readers. All visual artists and creative writers are encouraged to share with us new works. Poetry and creative prose submissions are limited to 1,500 words and should include a brief bio of the writer.

Visual art submissions should include at least one high-quality image or video and a very brief bio along with an artist’s statement that speaks to the inspiration of the work. The statement should include the title if there is one, the medium used and what the work means to you.

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The Islands and the Sea. Elisa Bryan. 2020.

“This painting, The Islands and the Sea, was inspired by the bananaquits that demand to be fed every morning outside my window. Working from home during the pandemic I can hear them feasting and fighting over their bowl of sugar until there is nothing left.”

Elisa Bryan is a painter from the island of St. Thomas. More of her work can be seen at