I painted this the semester before I graduated from U.S.C. in 2001. I had this painting posted on my website from the beginning. The reason why I am bringing it up now is because of this Yahoo News article I read this morning: [link]
I researched for this painting by going to U.S.C. research hospital and witnessed a liver transplant in person. I scrubbed up and I chit-chatted with the nurses and surgeons as I sat their sketching and photographing what I saw. To say the least it was an extraordinary experience. I felt like I was sitting in an episode of MASH or ER.
I stepped out once to grab some lunch at the hospital cafe(no I wasn't queasy) in my scrubs. Everyone at the hospital treated me like a member of their team. A patient even asked me in the elevator for directions. Dr. Huang has a nice ring to it!
I learned so much about health, medical science and the desire to fight against the vices of this world. Did you know your liver is behind your heart? It took them 6 hours to carefully open up the man's body. They've earned their pay. Our worlds are so intertwined... take care of yourself and each other.
Join the fight to reform healthcare! [link]
each panel is 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas