WHISPER OF DISASTER- It was the piece I was working on when I first got the news. Once I heard the “C” word, the colors, strokes and textures changed to what you see above.
FIRE WHISPER- 2nd in Series
Fire Whisper is full of energy and movement, to me representing the battle I was feeling within.
THE ART FOR HOPE STORY
In October of 2019, I heard the dreaded words, “It’s cancer”! Believe me, I have never been in a bar brawl, but when I heard those words I felt like I’d been sucker punched in the gut. I went through several stages of emotion, from shock to disbelief but the unusual thing was I never said or even thought, “Why Me?”… I was scared and worried but things moved fairly quickly and I was scheduled with a surgeon office visit within a few days of hearing the news. Luckily, the surgeon was able to deliver some good news within the fear and worry of the “C” word. She felt that I was a candidate for a lumpectomy and with follow up treatment she expected a positive outcome.
Believe me, even with that, there was a roller coaster of emotions, fear and uncertainty. Did I mention I was also in the process of buying a new home, modest, but a place to call home so all my money went toward a down payment. I was concerned about the medical bills and the large deductible I had with my insurance. The realtor I was working with turned out to be my angel. Her company had a foundation that donated money to causes and she offered to help. It was enough to help with my deductible and that put my mind at ease, at least for the immediate concern. That enabled me to concentrate on staying positive as best I could.
Painting helped. During this process I created a series of small paintings that represented my journey through breast cancer. Once the surgery was done and I was recovering, I entered three of the paintings in the series into a local gallery and I was chosen to become a juried member.
When the Gallery had their next showing, my paintings were on display. I had always dabbled in painting as a hobby and never sold anything so I did not expect them to sell. But the night of the Gallery showing, all three sold and I knew then I wanted to help women like me, even if in a small way. So, I decided to donate part of the proceeds from the sale of my art. I have since sold several paintings and have expanded into other genres. I will continue to donate part of the proceeds to benefit those challenged with breast cancer.