When the Pandemic Took My Job, I Played with Paint and Became a Self-taught Acrylic Painter

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert
4 min readApr 11, 2023
Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash

It was July 2021 in the middle of the pandemic. I had lost my job as an adjunct professor of theology and religion studies to the pandemic. The pandemic and the loss of my job propelled me to retire early.

Twelve years prior, I gifted my husband Jon a set of canvases, brushes, acrylic paints, and an easel…

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Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

My debut memoir Come What May, I Want to Run: A Memoir of the Saving Grace of Ultrarunning in Overwhelming Times is published. Website: miriamdiazgilbert.com