Breast Cancer Fundraiser
48" x 24" x 1.5" (122cmx61cm) Weight 3kg
Raising money for breast cancer research.
15% from the sale of “In All Her Glory” will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
What this painting reveals…
“In All Her Glory” is the beginning of my fundraising series for breast cancer research.
I didn’t start out to create a series or to go solo to raise funds, however, the experience of planning and creating “In All Her Glory” made sure I couldn’t shy away from it.
Both my sister and mother had breast cancer. My sister died six weeks before her 41st birthday and mum is thankfully in remission. They, myself and all the individuals and families who continue to be impacted by this disease are my motivation to organise this art fundraiser.
The process of identifying what I wanted to say through “In All Her Glory”, the planning and the creation, was a revelation to me. It became incredibly cathartic; enabling me to identify and confront what had been going on inside of me so I could work through it.
My initial plan was to cover the whole canvas in varying stripes of pinks and reds. The female figure was to be subtly “visible” via the texture, but as more of her was covered with paint, I worried I was losing her.
I paused and walked away, I contemplated her from various angles and in different light.
Then a dear friend told me:
“Artistry is more a matter of the journey with no real ending. Yes, you may take an off-ramp or two, but the journey just continues.
It’s an expression of one’s inner soul. Yes. Screw it up. Hate some of your work. Maybe even be embarrassed by it.
How does that NOT contribute to the beauty of the journey and our next off-ramp?”
There was no need to choose between stopping and continuing on. The beauty is in the creation of art, in the knowledge, in the fragments and what it makes us feel.
So I continued on, until in the end I could only see a tantalising peek of what I was trying to achieve. She needed to come forward. Was this art imitating life or life imitating art?
Then I found a way to reconnect with her, a way to bring her forward so she wasn’t overwhelmed by the noise around her.
Now, in the light she shines, in the softer light she’s subtle. In all her forms, I fell in love with her. She’s been a process and a challenge, but she was worth it.
“In All Her Glory” is a reflection of my experience with breast cancer, not my mum’s or my sister’s, but mine. The threat of it looming over me. Years of being overwhelmed by it, the fear and doubts. My breasts had become a negative, something to be scrutinised, cut off, explored, poked and discussed in the third person.
This painting reflects transition through dark thoughts and feelings, to a position of acceptance and a lightening. Some dark continues through, but light has always been there as well.
Yes, I want to be stronger, to be physically proud and courageous, but that’s not where this piece is at. And it’s not where I’m at the majority of time either.
I will continue to strive towards strength, vibrancy, boldness and confidence. I will move forward and not be overwhelmed.
Why I’m donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation…
NBCF is working towards one goal:
Zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
What started as one painting, turned into three. What started as a group exhibition with 80 other fundraising artists, turned virtual and solo due to COVID-19. What started as an idea, became a driving need to help stop the deaths and lives being torn apart.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the public, people like you and me.
I believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
Together we can help them get there.
Media – Acrylic and mixed media painting on professional artist grade canvas. Framing can be completed on request prior to delivery.
Price – $1200 AUD + shipping. 15% will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) when you purchase this painting in the month of May.
Shipping – This original painting will be lovingly packed and sent with tracking, within Australia or around the world. Due to the variables of size and location, please contact me and I will calculate the cost of shipping before purchase.