Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on December 15, 2010
Last week ALMA, the local patient support group, had their End of the Year meeting their offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The plans for this meeting included watching Celebration of Life videos, giving away certificates to all the people who, in one way or another, have helped the group throughout the year and, of course, paying tribute to the winner for the Latin American Region of The Max Foundation’s Art Project, the one and only Teresa!
Teresa is 71 years old and a CML survivor. She learned of the contest from her daughter, an ALMA member. Before the meeting, Teresa and I had only talked on the phone or through e-mail, and it was through the internet that she was able to send us a digital copy of her artwork, titled “Atardecer en Paz” which translates as Peaceful Dusk.
Teresa had never come to an ALMA meeting before, because of the distance and being a newly diagnosed patient she still wasn’t quite sure how to approach the disease. Luckily, along with her husband and daughters, she was able to come to the End of the Year meeting and receive her certificate, holiday cards and, most of all, the applause of all of the ALMA members who had come – of whom there were so many they did not fit in the room!
Teresa’s message about her art:
“What did I want to express when I made this painting? I am a boat, I find myself resting on the warm sand while I observe the wonder of the sea. I feel the soft breeze and look towards the sun at the moment it is hiding on the horizon. Even though this explosion of light will dwindle and night will fall, I know this is not eternal. In spite of the pummeling of nature, that could be compared to the sufferings a person may go through due to a disease, a loss, a disillusion, etc., both the sun and the flowing of the sea, sources of energy that give us life, will magically be reborn.”
Fun fact about Teresa’s painting: The sea shells in the bottom right of the painting as well as below the boat are real sea shells!
Visit the Colors of Hope Gallery to see more featured artwork from 2010.