I entered my diptych Raise It Up: Rabbit and Raise it Up: Offering in the Aurora Colony Days Art Show. I am very honored and humbled to have won First Place in the mixed media category, and... (drum roll please) Overall Best In Show ! Wow.
There are two things that stand out to me as particularly sweet: First, I talked to several people who expressed deep appreciation for what this diptych communicates about how it feels to face chemotherapy and radiation. I am always so deeply touched when people really 'get it.' This is the reason I started putting my art out there in the first place. Second, I won ribbons! I honestly have not won a ribbon since a poster contest in the first grade. Silly, perhaps. But I am just delighted with them.
I wear a lot of hats in life, encompassing a variety of roles and relationships. I am becoming more comfortable with the whole "cancer survivor" hat, even finding silver linings in unexpected places --- like adding artist to my self identity. "Blogger" hadn't really appealed to me until I began getting requests to talk about what lies behind my art. So I'm going to give it a try. If you have gotten to this page, you have probably noticed from my paintings that I am quite frank about my experiences. Some of the images are stark and difficult to look at. To me, beautiful is not the same as pretty. "Beautiful" encompasses complexity that can include pain, tragedy, and darkness. Therefore there can be a strange beauty present in stark emotional and experiential truth. I am a seeker of beauty within pain, and of the beauty that grows out of pain. If you are too, we'll get along just fine.