My art piece documents the cycle of man on his journey through life. Everything has a beginning and I represent the principle with the bitten apple, which represents diseases (cancer). That apple is tied by a pink ribbon which, in turn, is supported by butterflies. The bond is our journey in life and butterflies are those moments and people who help us stay within the path to move forward. In the road ahead is a healthy apple, which means the spiritual maturity reached. The cross on the mountain reminds us of those people that help us carry our loads even in the disease. This artwork is dedicated to my dad!
The oil painting on the cover of this issue is entitled “Glorious Road" and is by a family member from the 2010 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.
Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey 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 CanvasSM was started in 2004 by Eli Lilly and Company to help address a great, unmet need in cancer care— a need that goes beyond medicine—to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease.
Artwork from the 2010 competition continues to tour 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 previous and upcoming competitions.