For Mary McIntosh Tepper, the painful journey of her husband’s cancer is captured in her painting of the picturesque Cathedral Rock, near Sedona, Arizona.
It was one of Steven Tepper’s favorite places. He traveled there with his wife many times. After Steven, a non-smoker, died in August 2008 of lung cancer, his wife spread his ashes at the rock’s base.
“This is a very special place,” she said of her painting, After the Storm. “This is my husband’s place now. His spirit rests here among the mountains and spires, hillsides and valleys, trees, creeks, sunsets and summer showers.
Next week, the New Braunfels artist’s vision of her husband’s resting place will be transformed into a large mural in Dallas, as part of The Hope Murals Project. Hundreds of cancer survivors, their friends and relatives, health care providers and other community members are invited to help paint the cancer journey mural in the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center lobby. Once completed, the mural will be permanently installed at the KRPC Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center in South Dallas.
The Hope Murals Project is part of the Lilly Oncology on Canvas national art competition. The Baylor Sammons Cancer Center is one of ten facilities in the country chosen to participate in the project and the only one in Texas.
Mary Tepper added: “My painting says that after the storm, after the sun comes out again, life is all around us and so are the loved ones we have lost.”
The Hope Murals Project
When: Monday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Note: On Tuesday, Sept. 23, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) will broadcast live from the lobby in the morning, at midday and in the afternoon at 4 and 5 p.m.)
Where: Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center lobby
Who: Anyone who wants to show support for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The artwork will be done using a paint-by-number format. No artistic talent is required and all supplies are provided.