When visualizing Christina’s story I wanted to take the negativity out of cancer and bring out the positivity. I researched cancer cells and the imagery from the dyes made the cells look so beautiful. This gave me the notion to bring out the positivity in something that was so destructive. I had incorporated many different textures into the painting. I used actual leaves to symbolize the tree of life and the strength that the roots hold going deep into the earth’s core, which also symbolizes fatherly strength. Father’s being so pertinent to mine and Christina’s cancer stories. I then used orb like shapes to symbolize the human spirit. Another texture that I used was black mica flakes, a mineral that can be sourced back to cave paintings, thus reflecting humanity and experience.