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December 2004



Several years ago my mother lost her battle with throat cancer. Shortly after, my brother was diagnosed with a fist-sized tumor in his brain; luckily he has been "cancer free" for many years now. After my brother's diagnosis, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she lost her battle with it. As one can imagine, situations such as these are extremely difficult to accept. We all have different ways of coping, and Cancer, as well as other images that I have produced, enabled me to overcome troubling experiences. The images I choose to tackle deal not only with the people in my life but also with the powerful experiences that we all face from time to time.

Sometimes gifts come in unusual forms. The pain I have experienced has convinced me that life is simply too short to waste on anything other than that which is most important to me. I have quit my job in order to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in painting at Arizona State University, and my beautiful wife and I are the proud parents of an equally beautiful 17-month-old daughter.

Image Credit: Karl Gustav Kroeppler (kroeppler [at]


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