I chose Peter…or actually I think he chose me. I felt like he kept telling me he wanted something different. I read everything I could find about him. I knew he was the life of any party…so I gave him metallic gold leaf suspenders and there are flecks of gold in the background. I hope in some way I captured his soul. I really felt his presence right beside me guiding me the entire time.
I’ve been a full-time artist for the past 20 years. I have been blessed to have my work in collections all over the world. In late 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage IV oral cancer I underwent a major 13-hour surgery, losing my entire tongue and 66 lymph nodes. Followed by chemo, radiation and a year grueling long recovery process. I lost my ability to talk clearly and I take all of my nutrition from a stomach feeding tube.. Thankfully, I’m still cancer free and winning the battle with the beast. I am extremely lucky that I don’t have to talk in order to paint. The process has taught me to live in the moment and not take anything for granted. I now consider “the Big C” a gift.1