• Tricia

St.Louis Homes + Lifestyles

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

After my double mastectomy surgery, I invested most of my time recovering and healing. I lost six inches of fluid around my chest area, thanks to my excellent Occupational Therapist. I participated in the Livestrong program at the YMCA - I met some amazing cancer survivors.

Since I focused on my health, I neglected my art. I wasn't feeling inspired or creative, plus I ignored my marketing and social media. I took photographs at times over those months, but I stopped painting. I lacked the desire to paint and share a story that consisted of science intertwined with art. After all, I can remember the cellular characteristics of ductal carcinoma.

Molly, the assistant editor at St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles magazine, contacted me over the summer. For the September issue, I had to be interviewed and photographed. I was excited, nervous, and hopeful that I could paint again. The last painting I created was about seven months ago.

Eager to paint my idea and emotions, I saved them for the magazine's artist spotlight opportunity. My abstract painting, Resilience, is about my strength and the flux of emotions that are involved in the recovery process.

Please check out the September 2019 issue of St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles magazine. Great work - writer, Tyler Bierman, and photographer Colin Miller/ Strauss Peyton.