CF Get Loud ~ Artist For A Cause

April 5th-30th 2021

Shrimping
24×36″ Acrylic & Ink on Canvas
2013 | $750

I’ve decided it’s time to GET LOUD for Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis, and I’m adding my voice to the CF Get Loud family-led grassroots movement by donating 25% of all of my Nauticus proceeds from April 5th-30th. Why am I doing this you ask? Well let me tell you…

I met Stephanie Stavros back in grade 4. We have often shared similar interests – art, dance, we both played the alto sax, the industry of marketing, and for years have stayed within each other’s atmospheres.

While I considered Steph a friend, she rarely felt comfortable sharing her CF journey with many people, so I wasn’t aware of her struggle for years. From a young age, I understood that she had health complications, but I never grasped the severity of what she was living with. She was a bright, intelligent girl who always greeted you with a smile and never complained. That’s not how someone with a life threatening disease acts, right?

It wasn’t until Steph’s brave choice to step forward and start advocating for her right to breathe, and the lives of other Canadian’s battling Cystic Fibrosis, that I actually started to comprehend the rare disease Stephanie had been dealing with all of these years.

When I was thirteen, my dad was diagnosed with an aggressive stage four terminal bone marrow cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Because of his cancer, his kidneys developed an infection, forcing him to also become a home renal patient (my mother was a saint who learned to be his home dialysis nurse). For six years I watched him battle for the right to live, clean his blood every other day, and overcome experimental drug complications time after time as our medical system did their best to prolong his life. He lost his battle in 2003 a few months before I turned 20.

I understand what it’s like to watch the person you love struggle for existence. There was never anything we could have done for my dad, but Stephanie, and so many other CF patients have a solution. Trikafta is saving lives, but our Canadian medical system has yet to prioritize rare diseases, like CF, and legally administer this desperately needed breakthrough drug.

I see so much of the CF community reflected in my paintings. My Nauticus series is meant to accentuate the abstract upheaval often felt during transit. It nods to the resilience and strength of those who persevere and dream. Like many people living with CF, the boats I draw are mid journey, at the mercy of the sea, but always ready to endure the storm.

As long as people like Stephanie are willing to stand up for what’s right, I’d like to be by their side, offering the support I can. As an artist, the best way I can give back is by donating a portion of my proceeds and promoting the cause. As a friend, it’s by recognizing the privilege of each unlaboured breath I take, and adding my voice to the conversation to ensure the CF community knows they have been heard and are not fighting alone.

To purchase one of my paintings and support this great cause head to my Etsy Store or message me directly at info@lauraheaney.com.

About The Artist

Heaney threads the common theme of momento mori throughout her works, and ties everything together using hyper realistic drawing techniques that combine classical training with contemporary thought. Her current body of work is broken into a number of separate series, creating understated whimsical and sometimes humorous anatomically correct pieces.

Pictured above are Heaney’s self-portraits, “Laura with Facial Hair” (an extension of the Men with Facial Hair series).

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  1. Gail says:

    i like what you’ve been doing. nice work!!