Vol 20, No 3 (2013)

Cover Page

Creating Connections of Hope and Light

In my work as an art therapist, I am inspired by how powerful the art-making experience can be for a group of cancer survivors. My painting, “Creating Connections of Hope and Light,” expresses the moment when the individual paths of cancer survivors intersect in the art therapy support group. By creating personally meaningful artwork together, the cancer survivors form deep connections to each other and share empowering images of hope, light and growth. Together they are stronger, brighter and no longer alone in the journey of survivorship.

The acrylic on the cover is entitled “Creating Connections of Hope and Light". It won Best Acrylic by a Healthcare Professional in the 2012 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology On CanvasSM  is an art competition and exhibition that honours the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. This biennial competition invites individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer—as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers —to express through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. 

Oncology On Canvas was started in 2004 by Eli Lilly and Company to help address a need in cancer care that goes beyond medicine—to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease.

Artwork from the 2012 competition is touring cancer centres, hospitals and patient advocacy group events.

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 Oncology On Canvas competitions.