Ali Girl

6 x 48 oil on gallery wrap – Sold

Ali Girl – This was a very special painting for me because it was done for an amazing young girl, Ali Mills. Ali, diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 5, was undergoing a bone marrow transplant which made her home St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for five months along with her mom, Nancy. Since flowers and stuffed animals were not allowed, I was assured a painting would be okay in her room. When I decided to paint what I felt was Ali’s spirit animal, I chose a blonde palomino horse running a full speed, hair flowing wildly in the wind looking at her audience. She was to be running at the edge of the ocean which symbolized where Ali was with her treatment at the time, almost out of the water. I named the painting “Ali Girl,” as it represented Ali’s free spirit and joy for life. Regardless of what was going on in Ali’s life, she had an incredible inner strength to face all odds with a smile. The painting remained in Ali’s hospital room until the very end. Sadly, we lost thirteen year old Ali Mills, Tuesday, April 12, 2005. Proverbs, 21:31, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord.” There’s no doubt, Ali was a true warrior.

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