Art Hearts

These Art Hearts are paintings depicting the struggles of children who have suffered from Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). This project began as a strong desire to create a series of paintings that would be shared with people, with the hope of incorporating portraits of the recipients into a companion multimedia presentation. At the same time, my cousin in-laws Julie and Peter were creating the charity Olivia's Heart Fund in memory of their daughter Olivia, who had been born with a very rare heart defect, and tragically, had died at thirteen days old. This was the moment when my desire to create artwork for the heart project and also to have a purpose just came together naturally, in an unexpected way. 

I am documenting the process behind each painting, posting the stories of families who have been kind enough to participate in this project. The paintings will be shown as a group along with portraits of the families in October of 2012. Prints of the art will be sold for the benefit of the charity. Please click on the images to read the story behind the art.