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October 11, 2013

HEART-FILLED ART: Cancer patient’s sister creates painting inspired by family unity



The sisters’ lives weren’t the only thing that changed when Ashby was diagnosed this summer. So did Goodman’s artwork for the benefit gala, set for Oct. 25 at Kye’s in Jeffersonville. Because breast cancer had instantly become more personal for Goodman, she changed her work to reflect what was going on in her family.

The large painting features a woman jockey with pink silks leading the pack while six other horses and jockeys trail close behind.

“It’s a determined race horse, going head-on,” Goodman said. “The horse reflects ‘Relay for Life’ and the ‘Race for the Cure.’ Janice is represented on that front horse and the six other sisters in the family on the back horses, supporting her.”

Goodman continued by explaining the family theme in the artwork goes even deeper. She said she was working on a project at the church the sisters grew up in when Ashby told her of her diagnosis. Goodman used leftover paint from a mural she was working on at the church to create the palette for the breast cancer piece.

“Janice is spiritually rooted, and I thought that will represent her spiritual background,” she said.

Goodman said the painting represents the struggle that all women who face breast cancer must overcome.

“They can be inspired to be strong and give it their all,” she said. “There’s not an option of thinking about a loss. We will win.”

Ashby said she was “amazed” when she saw the painting.

“It was not only how good it was, but I know Becky so well, and I could see how much work she put into it. It gave me an overwhelming sense that I have her and my family behind me. It’s probably one of the best pieces she’s ever done, and she did it for me.”

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