Acrylic on Canvas
Artist Statement: Joe and I share the common experience of a dramatic midlife transformation. My struggle with mental health led me to change careers and become a visual artist, and Joe's battle with cancer has led him to become a fierce advocate for men with the disease. My painting "Wolfpack" tells Joe's story.
I used the colors of cancer support ribbons throughout the painting. The dark blue storm is Joe's battle with colon cancer. As the runoff of the storm reaches far into the ground, "The Wolfpack," a support group for men with cancer, and the website www.manuptocancer.com are born. The howling wolf calls the men of the world to join the pack, and their journey is represented by the colored columns growing upwards along the trails left behind by Joe's battle. These colors represent the most common forms of male cancers. The Wolfpack is born.