Loss, illness, healing, and forced change have truly shaped the body of my work over the past ten years. As an artist and human, I have been greatly altered by the illness and loss of my father, caring for a sick child and watching her heal, and my dearest friend’s journey with breast and brain cancer. My current work does not focus solely on the cancer, since my friend never defined herself by her disease. It focuses on the journey cancer led her on, to seek out healing, both mentally and physically. These paintings also illustrate our friendship, our similarities, my friend’s recent death, and the great hole cancer has left in my life.
These works express the inherent dichotomy of life, exhibiting both beauty and pain, illness and healing, and loss and triumph in each work. I further express this mix of emotions and subject matter, by mixing materials, layering imagery, and with a heavily textured surface.
still running through rain" 48x24, acrylic & mixed media on canvas
"40-candle journey, and after" 48x36, acrylic & mixed media on canvas
"brain tree featuring Mr. Rogers" OR "a sampling of the contents of her brain" 16x20, acrylic & mixed media on canvas