Sunday, November 23, 2014

Adventures in Palliative Care

I spent a few weeks on a few weeks on the palliative care service at Loma Linda University Medical Center.  It was such a unique experience - a walk on the other side of medicine, where the focus is not on a cure.  What happens when there's nothing more that can be done to cure a patient's illness?  What if the quality of life is so low the patient decides it's not worth prolonging?  By withdrawing treatment in a terminal patient are we killing them?  These are some of the difficult questions I encountered in palliative are.  None has an easy answer, and each patient and healthcare provider reacts differently.

This is a cartoon depiction of the different ways I observed individuals react to the end of life.  There's the compulsive physician who will only continue to "fight" for his patient's life, regardless of other factors.  Then there's the patient who clings to the nebulous promise of modern science to find the cure for his terminal cancer, he is desperate, and asks every day if I've found the "miracle pill."  Of course, there's the family of a terminal patient.  Their loved one just wants to "Die in peace," but they won't hear of it.  They beg, plead, and threaten the patient and the medical team in an attempt to delay the inevitable.  And finally, there's the case where everyone can work together to help the terminal patient live out their remaining time comfortably, in a place they love, and with the people they love.  Here are The Adventures in Palliative Care.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The art of Wards: Pink Spaceship

This time, Friday morning report was the inspiration.  When I'm listenting to lectures and drawing, I just focus on what I like about what I'm seeing, and let the shapes emerge.  I sketched with a highlighter and then added lined with the gel pen and Sharpie.  I really liked the air intake, so i thought big jets on yhe back made sense.  But, still looking for the connection between a speeder concept and a lecture on laparoscopic surgery...

Used a pink highlighter, 0.5mm Pentel EnerGel, and Sharpie marker.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


A couple weeks ago at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, I was inspired by the work of a couple artists.  San Francisco based Brendan Monroe and New York based Matthew Fisher both work in a variety of mediums, but their work in ink really appeals to me.  I've always been attracted to bold contrast; especially black and white.  So, naturally, ink has enabled me to explore this world of high contrast in my own art, and always impresses me whenever it's used to create complex forms.

At the Art Book Fair, I discovered a collection of studies by Matthew Fisher for his wave paintings.  The studies are monochrome ink drawings, with watercolor or ink wash rendering, and white paper dot collage.  They have a similar frozen kinetic, stylistic feel to the wave paintings by Japanese artist Hokusai.

Here are some of my own interpretations of waves inspired by the style of Matthew Fisher.

Large Waves, 6.5" x 3.5"
6.5" x 3.5"

4.0" x 4.5"

Drawn on a Post-It®
Actual size