Vol 16, No 1 (2009)

Cover Page

As I Am, Beautiful and Whole
Acrylic by a Family Member, Friend or Caregiver

Cancer. Prevalent. Ubiquitous. With the battle, the struggle of my family members and friends who survive and thrive. With the loss of loved ones. Deep in my subconscious, and without abandon, I painted the live model as she held her pose in workshop, using only my painter’s knife.I stood back and felt my painting from deep within. An observer in the room said, “She doesn’t need her other breast. I love her.” I agreed without hesitation. The woman in my painting was complete. I thought to myself, “As you are: beautiful and whole.” She said to me, “As I am.”

The acrylic artwork on the cover of this issue is entitled “As I Am, Beautiful and Whole” and was the winner of the 2008 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology on Canvas was created by Eli Lilly and Company as a way to honour the journeys people take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. The program invited people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends, cancer advocates, healthcare providers, as well as artists and art students to express, through art and in narrative, their own cancer journeys.

All winners were awarded a monetary donation to the cancer charity of their choice.

The rich and enduring collection of art is travelling the world and continues to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Current Oncology is committed to the Canadian oncology community as well as oncology communities around the world. We are pleased to help raise awareness of this great program created by Lilly. Current Oncology will be selecting a new artwork for each cover from previous and upcoming competitions.