Architect Nikko Shabtai was portray in a Beverly Hills artwork workshop when his artwork took on a lifetime of its personal.

“I was painting a model when I unintentionally picked up my painter’s knife instead of a brush and painted her without a breast,” mentioned Shabtai.

A fellow artist on the workshop famous that the girl Shabtai portrayed appeared to have had a mastectomy, however didn’t look incomplete or scarred; moderately, she seemed “beautiful and whole.” Shabtai agreed.

His unconscious inspiration? A member of the family with breast most cancers who had undergone a mastectomy.

Shabtai’s portray, “As I Am, Beautiful and Whole,” took first prize within the third, biennial Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Most cancers Journey Artwork Competitors and Exhibition, successful a $10,000 donation to the Most cancers Schmancer Basis, which was based by actress Fran Drescher and educates girls on the chance components and early detection of ladies’s cancers.

Almost 600 entries had been submitted for the 2008 competitors, which was created by Eli Lilly and Firm and is offered with the Nationwide Coalition for Most cancers Survivorship. The competitors invited people recognized with most cancers and their households, pals, caregivers and well being care suppliers to specific, via artwork and narrative, the life-affirming adjustments that give the most cancers journey that means. In complete, 26 prizes had been awarded to twenty most cancers charities chosen by 19 winners in numerous classes.

Second place went to Elizabeth Menges, a high-school artwork instructor from Boston, for “C. in Bedroom,” a six-painting sequence in oil detailing the morning dressing routine of a breast most cancers survivor who had had a mastectomy.

“The woman I painted opened her home and life to me,” mentioned Menges. “I recorded her stories and photographed her vulnerabilities. She trusted me with the rest. I hope these images help demystify a situation we sometimes fear and broaden our image of how a ‘real woman’ looks.”

Lilly is increasing the attain of this inspiring art work by touring it nationwide to hospitals and most cancers facilities. For data on the exhibition, the 2008 competitors or the 2009 name for entries, go to