“Where other medical units have a need to invest in new robotics for patient care, Oncology does not have that need. I am investing in art on the walls that heal the soul.”
~ Amelia Taggart, Director of Oncology
Art can offer healing to the soul, a place where medicine can not reach. It can offer encouragement and renews hope when words fail to do so. It speaks not only to patients, but to their family members as well. For this reason, art is a powerful resource in providing comfort and peace.
My dad is a master air brush artist who has been painting for over 40 years. It’s been his honor to be apart of the Air Force Art Program for 25 years. Being a part of this program has given him the opportunity to have his artwork hanging in both the Pentagon, and The Blue Angles “go -room”
My dad has taught me everything that I know about art, and this week, he has begun teaching me something new – the air brush!
We are working in collaboration on a waterfall mural for the hospital. I’m really enjoying this extra time I get to spend with my dad, & I am having a lot of fun using the air brush. Of coarse, my dad has been telling me that I would love it for the last, . . . oh – my whole life. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to actually pick it up.
*The frog painting above is one of my favorite paintings that dad did a very long time ago. “W-D” has been around for as long as I can remember.
It is every artist’s dream to be able to do something meaningful with their art, and I am no different.
If you have been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I have been searching for some purpose and meaning to my artwork.
In the last year, my art has become a form of worship for me as I seek God in my creating. It has become the desire of my heart that other people will be able to connect with my art and see the heart of God. God has given me this desire of my heart.
A few weeks ago, I shared a couple posts with you about hope. (here & here)
I had been asked to design and paint a mural for the oncology unit of the hospital. The only requirement was that the painting inspire hope.
I started painting last week.
The opportunity is amazing! Many people come by daily to see the progress, and I’ve heard all kinds of positive comments! My best experience painting at the hospital happened yesterday when I could hear an old man grumbling about how much farther he had to walk to get to his room. The nurse and therapist were trying to get him up to get some exercise. I heard the therapist say ” your room is just up here. You can do it. You’re doing a great job.” Then the little group came around the corner and this patient saw the mural I was working. Suddenly, he was bright & witty with comments. For the moment while he paused to chat with me, he was no longer in a hurry to return to his bed feeling tired and achy.
The director wants to create a gallery of murals that will encourage patients to get out and walk around the halls to see them. I don’t know how many murals that will be in the end, but so far the response has been amazing.
Just a month ago, I was praying that God would use my hands as his own to create art that penetrates peoples hearts. Now here I am painting God inspired murals to encourage cancer patients. I feel blessed, and incredibly honored to have this opportunity!