Clarese and I both became artists later in life. For me, painting became a part of a search for better mental health. For Clarese, painting blossomed during her battle against ovarian cancer. I was blown away when she first showed me her artwork. Her paintings of flowers are stunning and she is already an artist of note. I think she was genuinely shocked when I asked her to collaborate on this painting with me. How could I properly tell her story without having her paint part of it?
A few weeks later, she handed me a canvas graced with three big, beautiful sunflowers. After learning that she had painted them while listening to Carole King's Tapestry album, that was my cue to add a vibrant tapestry behind her sunflowers. The two teal colors in the tapestry represent the ovarian cancer ribbon. The purple color represents both the caregiver ribbon and the color of the wig she wore during her recovery. The colorful tapestry was left intentionally unfinished on the left side as my message to Clarese that her artistic journey is also not complete. My warrior friend has a lot of art to make and a lot of life to live, and I can't wait to see what she does next!
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