I AM a survivor . . . an artist . . . a mystery . . . a marvel. Who are you?
Join me for an empowering portrait session that unites vulnerability and strength. You choose a word or phrase that encapsulates your spirit. I paint it on your body and capture the moment.
This is a pay-what-you-can, sliding-scale art project. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Cancer is a bitch. Any of us who are there, or who have been there, know this. But bald or not, you are amazing. Fiercely brave. Incredibly beautiful. Contradictory to what I thought when I was in the clutches of the beast, my strength wasn’t in my hair. I hated losing it, to be sure, but in hindsight, that wasn’t what it was about at all. I was blinded by my grief of the changes that were taking place in my life, my body, my psyche. I hardly ever looked at myself in the mirror without something covering my head, either my wig or one of my knit hats. In my mind, doing so would have been to accept what was happening during those moments of my life. I wish now I would have done it differently. I wish I would have taken photographs of my breasts before my mastectomy. And after. I wish I had documented that chapter of my life with more grace and acceptance. I realize now that fighting for your life is pretty damn sexy . . . regardless of how bald, or scarred, or scared, or gray, or pissed you might be. You’re still you. You’re always you. Nothing can take that away. It may alter your plans for a bit, but you’re still the incredible human being you always have been. Don’t let anything rob you of that. And don’t hide like I did. Share your story with me and see just how gorgeous you are.