Special Artistic Merit

I am a person with a rare disease yet mine is nothing compared to so many friends of mine. Rare disorders are becoming so common that I don’t know anyone is a circle of friends that doesn’t know someone with a rare disease.
My painting titled Faviola is being entered because this is a woman who brings joy to others without even knowing it. Everday she gets up and goes to work, which I captured in the painting, and as a result she makes people smile. In a world of disease. suffering and plights, that is quite a gift to be able to make people happy without trying. This is why I submit Faviola, my cook from Aruba.

By Barbara Durbin

Age: 53
Disease: Anemia
Submissions: 4
Date: November 19, 2011
City: Hershey
State: Pennsylvania