My art affirms that good things may come in small packages, often arriving through difficult passages.

Strange Gifts: Honoring the Journey, an artist’s response to cancer’s “wake up call,” is a reflection on personal transformation. The series was created intentionally about healing, surviving and thriving. Each mixed-media artwork offers a little prayer of gratitude for the fullness of life — embracing the beautiful and the ridiculous, the tragic and the sublime.

As an artist and cancer survivor, I envisioned this work as a cosmic Thank You (“the perfect prayer.”) And the universe responded: In 2001, Strange Gifts: Honoring the Journey was awarded an ArtReach Individual Artist Project Grant by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2003, the project and programs were honored with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Award for Professional Visual Artists.

Celebrating creative and spiritual foundations of healing, my goal is to engage and encourage fellow travelers, affirming their beauty and their struggles through the language of art. My hope is for patients and survivors, loved ones, and healing communities to share a vision of renewal and optimism that transcends outcomes.

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