Olivia 12″ x 16″ oil on panel, framed by the artist
The original is NFS. See below about giclees and APs.
This is a very special painting of a very special person in my family. Olivia is my grand niece and she is one of the most charming, effervescent, grounded, smart children I have ever met. And she is now in the process of surviving Childhood Leukemia. See below to find out how you can help her and other childhood Leukemia survivors.
Our family has had its share of trials and triumphs. But Olivia is a class act. She has and will continue to undergo horrific treatment for her condition, all with an attitude that is nothing short of inspiring. It was my goal with this painting to capture Olivia’s joyful, positive, fighting spirit. Her eyes are locked onto the viewer, as if to say, “I can do it; so can you; so can we all.” She is surrounded by childlike depictions of a variety of moods, representing the complexity of feelings and depth of the surviving spirit, particularly in the most difficult of circumstances.
Fortunately, her parents Molly (a Doctor) and Ron are making sure she is receiving the best treatment available. Of course, not everyone is so fortunate. We hope our family will be able to celebrate Christmas with her this year, marking the one year anniversary of her diagnosis. Though far away, she knows my family is praying hard for her swift recovery and count ourselves blessed whenever we get a chance to be with her.
But I know, praying isn’t enough. It is my desire to do whatever I can to move the needle in this world. How sad it is that we often become advocates when an issue effects us personally. For me, I advocate for survivors and for the prevention of CSA. I advocate for ideas politicians who support the needs of all the people. Through the Quench Project, I advocate for children in Haiti and places where children need help the most, such as those suffering on the border. And, of course, as a creative, I advocate that people find a way into the creative fray, or at least surround themselves with meaningful, inspiring people and things. For me, creativity has been crucial to my very survival.
These missions are driven by a deep need to make a difference in the world, particularly for the next generation of children, no matter how tiny that difference might be. Now, I have become an advocate for children suffering from Leukemia. Please join me in this mission. In fact, I invite you to make this your mission too. If more people acted on their convictions, we could eradicate so many problems in the world.
A portion of the profit from the sale of Giclees and Artist Proofs will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am making 10 giclees and 10 APs available for this cause. Today is Giving Tuesday, BTW.
If you’d rather donate directly, I invite you to participate in this fundraiser by donating here.