SURVIVOR | Acrylic on Canvas

September 22, 2016

How can a single painting represent breast cancer?  I don't think one painting can, because the experience of diagnosis and treatment and, hopefully, survival bring forth so many emotions.  The aspect I wanted to show was endurance in the face of chaos. 


I recently underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction which didn't go exactly as planned.  Five months of pain, weakness, and tears inspired me to create 'Survivor'.   Maybe "inspired" is the wrong word.  I didn't really feel inspired.  A lot of positive and negative energy found its way into the painting.  I actually found the completed painting somewhat off-putting because there was so much energy in it.  At first glance it's not an easy painting to look at, but I think there is truth in it.  All of us have something to survive, so let's all endure.



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