Los Angeles Based Visual Artist
" The Comedian " (2017)

"The Comedian" (2017)

Too often in life, we only celebrate a person once they've died. Over the course of two years, my father has been battling with prostate cancer. He has lived through being the black sheep of his family, fighting in a war, the loss of a sister at a young age, and a harsh father. None of that has tainted his love, his temperament, or his generosity. His battle with cancer is not with the disease, but with the stigma. Once people know you have it, they only see the disease. Death may follow us from birth, but it does not define the life we've lived and the people we've touched. My piece entitled, "The Comedian" pays tribute the man I call Dad, the vulnerability of announcing you're sick, the person behind the disease, and the realization that pity and sorrow are for the dead....not the living.
 

" The Comedian " (2017)

A life can happen in the blink of an eye. My father experienced many things is his life that I could not imagine coping with. As I was going through the pictures of his life, I found myself smiling and tearing up at the moments of laughter and innocence he once held, and then the moments after the war where he seems to no longer smile in pictures. He was different, even in the pictures from his wedding to my mom and at the many parties after. It wasn't until the birth of my brother and I do a see a light and happiness come back to him; something I would be exposed to all throughout my knowing him. 

" The Comedian "

" The Comedian "

oil on canvas  30 x 30in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.) 2017