Vol 15 (2008)

Supplement - Integrative Oncology: A Canadian and International Perspective


Cover Page

“Spirit Healing”
Acrylic by an Artist
United States

This painting is about the healing process, but not only body healing, we are talking about spiritual healing. The rose represents the fragility and beauty of the female body. It’s also a symbol of love, friendship and harmony. The female shape behind the flower represents the spirit that is surrounded by darkness of shadow that symbolizes the fear of the unknown. This painting has important elements like the bloody thorn and a tear in the hidden face in the flower. Both elements represent the suffering that a cancer patient has to endure day by day. The face in the rose is actually smiling. The smiling is a result of her spirit, no matter the pain she is feeling she always has the will to smile for others because while the body is feeling sick her spirit is glowing with inner light and healing. More importantly, she is really living because now she knows how fragile life is and how important it is to live very day with intensity as if it was the last. The color symbolism is also very important in this painting. I used the Asian color symbolism where yellow implies forces against evil, dead and geomantic blessings; black means evil influences like depression or sadness; green means eternity, family, harmony, health, peace and posterity; and pink is the color used as a symbol of the woman with breast cancer.

The acrylic painting on the cover of this issue is entitled “Spirit Healing” and was created by an artist from the United States. The selection was an entrant in the 2006 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey International 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.

The inaugural competition in 2004 received nearly 500 entries from 23 countries and the 2006 competition received more than 2,000 entries from 43 countries. 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.