Transformations: Scars Graced By Art


Line drawing, Left Hip Scar

Transforming Adversity into Opportunity is Liberating.  This is the magic of the human spirit. In this forum we can come together globally and share our journey providing inspiration and support.

Don Petersen,artist and owner of  encompasses qualities of brilliance and a compassionate heart.

Dr. James Powell, from the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic in Calgary, AB is my biggest fan of this project.  The jaw dropping beauty of Don’s work graced many eyes in the O.R.

Richard Brown, in Canmore AB had the insight and talent in creating the perfect look inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s, Red Velvet Calender, 1949.

I invite you to submit your before/after photos in the comments with  a brief word of inspiration.

Celebrating Life!!!

Line drawing Poster, Left HipKaren

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    • Karen on June 6, 2013 at 4:38 am

    “Transformations:Scars graced by Art” Exhibit
    artsPeak June, 2011
    Canmore, AB

    I, a single mother, absent of human touch enter surgery
    Invasive, traumatic, reaches for the human hand
    A connection into this world
    Recovery…A gentle kiss on the forehead
    Days pass…Yearning for human touch,
    Love of re-assurance

    I reach out to ask…This starts the flow
    A caress and tears flow
    Bandages removed with a back rub, tears flow
    A compassionate hug hello, tears flow

    Voicing, “I need human touch”
    Life flows
    Strength returns
    Clarity returns
    Pain releases

    The gift of human touch
    Be its generosity.

    • Karen on June 6, 2013 at 5:33 am

    “Transformations:Scars graced by Art” Exhibit
    artsPeak, June, 2011
    Canmore, AB
    Tattoo and Photo by Don Petersen

    Jordon had open heart surgery at 24 and here is his message.

    Gratitude in the present moment

    Ascending the lift at Kicking Horse
    At the black diamond run
    Small chat yields big answers
    “Whats up for you?
    Open heart surgery in a few days”
    With the realisation that this maybe my last run

    Oh, what a run it is!

    Total appreciation for this bliss
    I see only the good stuff
    Life is too short for the negativity
    I give it my all
    Only thinking the good stuff
    And with it

    I will
    Rock and Roll

    • Karen on June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am

    “Transformations:Scars graced by Art” Exhibit
    artsPeak, June 2011
    Canmore, AB
    Tattoo and Photo by Don Petersen

    We all have our journey in life
    I do not apologize for what has transpired
    But only wish to inspire others to choose consciously

    An introspective life of exploring my nature, guides me to loving life
    With that, I hope to help others love the life they are creating

    As a true artist, I go within to share the adversity, creatively holding high the flame of compassion for humanity

    • Peter Sullivan on June 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Beautiful artwork to complement a beautiful strong spirit! Keep up your inspiring work Karen!

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