I was immediately drawn to this donated rocking chair and knew this was the one I wanted to paint. As I thought through different ideas for the chair, it seemed fitting that a rocking chair on a porch overlooking a yard and garden would be a perfect theme. It also represented a personal journey for me and my family and how cancer has touched our lives in numerous ways.
While painting and creating this chair, I reflected often on my father’s own battle with lung cancer and the short time he had from his diagnosis to his passing. I never dreamed that I would be going through a cancer battle myself a few years later. My mother-in-law as well lost her life to cancer. Unfortunately, she passed away before I had the privilege of knowing her. Both of them shared a common interest and love for flowers, trees, gardens, birds and all that nature brings. They were in my thoughts and the main inspiration behind my chair.
For me, my chair also symbolizes more than a celebration and tribute to me and other breast cancer survivors, but to those close to me that I have lost, and to other families directly affected by all cancers. My chair was painted and decorated with cheerful colors of faith, hope and optimism for my healthy future and that of my daughter, sisters, friends and all women. May a cure be close on the horizon.