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Living my Dream - with Cancer

I’ll swear on a stack of freshly folded laundry that I was born the first day of art class. When I smeared the brush around in the paint and timidly swiped it across the canvas, my breath caught in my throat as if entering sacred territory. In that instant I was irreversibly addicted; I knew I would squander every penny, barter my children, and neglect my husband for a few stolen moments with the paint brush. OK, so I guilt-tripped a little bit; frankly there was no time for art, but I freely admit that every waking thought involved some scheme to carve out time for painting. It seemed an unreasonable obsession, but I knew that one day I would fulfill this yearning. Hello – chemo! Littl

Arboretum Afternoon

Was there ever a more beautiful day to be alive? When I close my eyes I can still see it: San Francisco, warm sun, crisp air so clear that from the peak of Mount Tam, we could see Texas. Our son and his wife toured us around the sights, delighting us with their obvious affection. We laughed a lot and I privately savored every moment, storing it away to be retrieved and relived on a less cosmic day. What a marvel to be blessed with this day; statistics had given me only 30% odds. Do career cancer patients see a little clearer? Laugh a little louder? Open their hearts a little wider to let in more of life’s wonders? Do we really have the best deal after all, because we learn to live m

Fran Di Giacomo - Artist, Author, Speaker

Striving to establish her career in oil painting, Fran Di Giacomo found herself most excited by the methods and concepts of the Dutch masters. “I focused on seeking out living masters to study with. Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme. Fad and fashion will ebb and flow, but classical realism is endless and enduring.” Her paintings are represented by galleries in several states, and are in demand for their lush colors and dramatic lighting. Di Giacomo's portrait subjects include such notables as former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger, and sports figures Emmitt Smith and Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. She has been published in books, ma

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Fran Di Giacomo

Striving to establish her career in oil painting, Fran Di Giacomo found herself most excited by the methods and concepts of the Dutch masters.  “I focused on seeking out living masters to study with.  Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme.  Fad and fashion will ebb and flow, but classical realism is endless and enduring.”  Her paintings are represented by galleries in several states, and are in demand for their lush colors and dramatic lighting.

 

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