This piece of original artwork comes framed and ready to hang.
Tina is fighting hard everyday and redefining what I had believed to be the core meanings of the words strength, integrity, and compassion. I have spent the last 6 months alongside Tina as she has battled her cancer, without medical help, and then finally with the assistance of knowing and caring specialists.
Through this entire ordeal, she has made it abundantly clear that while her loved ones ( and there are many, many of you out there who she loves dearly regardless of when you last spoke.. ) worry about her, she worries more about us and our health then her own. She has repeatedly taken the time out of her day to ask about how others are doing, smiled and talked with visiting friends when they have come by ( regardless of her strength or exhaustion at the time ) and has not once uttered a negative word or sigh of frustration about her cancer.
I believed, rather foolishly, that of the two of us I was the one watching over her and protecting her over the past four years. In truth, I now see that it was actually Tina who helped raise me up and who is in fact the stronger and more determined of us both. I cannot tell you how proud I am to have been able to watch her daily progression, as both an artists and as a human being.
I am repeatedly blown away by her constant development and displays of strength, both mentally and physically, everyday. We still have a long road to recovery ahead of us, but Tina has also made it clear that its important for those who love her and are concerned to enjoy their time, and share in the passions that she pursued as well.
She's still here, fighting away, not looking back, and staying strong for us. Get a cup of coffee, do what inspires you, and maybe pet a feral cat - it's what Tina will be back doing soon enough.
Thank you for the love and support, and please keep sharing her art, her story, and this page.
Dereck Seltzer is a Los Angeles based artist who creates images based on the atmosphere of his beloved city and the inhabitants within it. His work is known for creating a surreal world that challenges the viewer. His work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz and many different music videos and feature films.