This gorgeous watercolor painting shows a histological portrait of melanoma, painted to resemble the undulating currents of the sea. I found I had melanoma and within a week knew it was stage I, easily removed. But for seven days I had no idea how far it had spread and what the outcome would be. Instead of exhausting myself in a swarm of disbelief, anger, and frustration, I would instead embrace my new reality, and do my best to find joy and love with the people surrounding me. I know my experience cannot compare to other people’s cancer horror stories. It was just a blip in my history, rather than an all-consuming, life-eating event. But when I paint I do my best to put myself in others’ shoes, and that taste of mortality enabled me to do so even more than usual. My heart goes out to everyone swept away by the despair of cancer. I hope you find some sort of joy that you can embrace.
This is the perfect print for oncologists, dermatologists and melanoma survivors.