PIECES

ON MY WAY

ON MY WAY

Inspired by my personal journey with scoliosis. This painting was auctioned at the Harms Study Group Gala. HSG is an international cohort of pediatric spine surgeons who develop cutting-edge treatment for scoliosis. My surgeon invited me to give a patient testimonial and donate a painting to the gala, hosted in Las Vegas. In this drawing, the girl symbolizes a scoliosis patient. Her scarred back and disproportionate body are like mine. The bridge symbolizes the surgery, whose hardware entails two metal rods with screws to secure them into the spine. The bridge is blood-red because spinal fusions are particularly bloody operations. Her dress, however, is green because she is still growing: physically and mentally. Trees indicate spinal health. The trees around the bridge are jagged, crooked, and dangerous. The trees beyond the bridge, however, are tall, straight, and flowery. The bridge (surgery) helps the girl travel safely from poor health to good health.

WITHIN MY REACH

WITHIN MY REACH

Inspired by the story of Blair Chapin, a young girl from the Orlando area who has an extremely rare orphan disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome. Blair's mother reached out to me to participate in fundraising efforts for this disease. I traveled to Orlando to meet the Chapin family and gain inspiration for the painting. Blair is an extremely sweet and vibrant girl with a profound developmental delay due to her degenerative condition. Her family has coined the phrase "purple lemonade" to spearhead fundraising efforts. Blair's team uses lemonade festivals, as well many other platforms, to raise awareness and hope for a cure to this disease. The image I came up with is of Blair's likeness picking lemons from a lit up tree. The image was made into Christmas cards, prints, banners, and signs to raise funds to advance the research efforts of the Sanfilippo Research Foundation. Partnering with the Chapins was an amazing experience, and I wish Blair the best as she battles SFS.

ARC ANGEL

ARC ANGEL

Inspired by the mission of ARC Broward, a mission-based enterprise serving the developmentally disabled so that they can live, work, and play in the community. My brother, who has Down Syndrome, is a client at ARC Broward and has thrived at ARC. He and his peers benefit greatly  from this excellent program. It was an honor making a drawing to help advance ARC's cause. This drawing was made into specially designed Christmas cards which I sold like a fiend to my community during the 2013 holiday season. A signed and framed giclee of ARC Angel was raffled off at the 2013 Miss ARC Broward Beauty Pageant celebrating women and girls with disabilities.

FULL BLOOM

FULL BLOOM

Inspired by the story of Debra Zelman, a proud stomach cancer survivor, lawyer, wife, mother of three, and founder of Debbie's Dream Can't Stomach Cancer. Debbie founded the organization and took it national. Before Debbie's efforts, stomach cancer was the least funded cancer for the amount of lives it claimed, having the smallest dollar to death ratio of all. This is no longer the case, thanks to the generosity that Debbie's Dream helps inspire. While hospitalized for grueling chemo treatment, a royal poinciana bloomed courageously outside her hospital window. This tree became a source of inspiration for Debbie to continue fighting her cancer, no matter how bleak things seemed. The symbol of this special tree, alive with fiery blossoms, inspired this painting. Its bold and triumphant aura echos Debbie's. My hope is that it serves as a reminder to hope, fight, and persevere. The original painting was unveiled and auctioned at the 2015 Dream Maker's Gala.

BEST FRIENDS

BEST FRIENDS

Inspired by the Humane Society, an organization working to give homeless animals a second chance. My own house pup is a humane society rescue, so I'm especially glad for the work they do. This painting highlights the human to animal connection in a sweetly innocent and peaceful way.  The two figures are made of the same color pallet. The warm golden hair shines on both the girl and the dog. Her pink and purple hair clip and dress are the same color as the dog's tongue. These mutual colors are a subtle way to express their innate connection.

THIS ONE

THIS ONE

Inspired by the mission of Women in Distress, a full-service domestic violence center working to end domestic violence. This painting was unveiled at the Starfish luncheon, an event that stems from the "starfish story." The story is as follows: a girl and her grandmother were walking down the beach. The tide had pulled back leaving hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand. The little girl began picking up starfish and throwing them back into the sea. Her grandmother said, "Why do you run about? You can't possibly save them all." The girl stopped, looked at the starfish in her hand and said "Maybe not, but I can make a difference to This One." Women In Distress understands they cannot stop all domestic violence situations, but they have truly made a difference to the families they do shelter. This painting hangs in the shelter. Her posture suggests both fear and conviction, and her eyes are the same color as the sea, two important elements inspired by the starfish story.

MADE IN AMERICA

MADE IN AMERICA

This image was created for the 2013 Meg Segreto’s Dance Center recital and is entitled “Made in America” The image is a tribute to both the free expression enjoyed by the disciplined ballerina and the ideals of freedom and liberty upon which America was founded. The show that evening celebrated America through dance and song and this image captures that patriotic theme. A giclee of the original will be auctioned at the PMDC 2014 Holiday Show and the proceeds will go to benefit Daniela’s Dream at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s hospital. This will be the third year that ArtbyEve has been given the opportunity to help Meg Segreto’s Dance company raise funds for Daniela’s Dream. This holiday art auction has raised thousands of dollars targeted specifically to help kids undergoing chemotherapy find comfort and fellowship at Joe DiMaggio’s.

YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT

YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT

I created this image for Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre. This lively dancer in a red dress helped to promote t-shirt and program sales that raise money for the dance scholarship program at the studio. As an artist, dancer, and pianist, the arts are very important to me. I intended to show the fun and expressive nature of dance and to promote the arts within the community. The framed giclee print was raffled off at the following December's Holiday show to benefit Joe Dimaggio’s Children’s Hospital through Daniella’s Journey once again.

LET'S PLAY

LET'S PLAY

Inspired by the charity efforts of the Miami Heat, the South Florida NBA Basketball team whose main charitable focus is outreach to children. The Miami Heat offered to donate $7500 to the charity of my choice in exchange for this fun and playful painting. I selected the Cystic Fibrosis Gold Coast Guild in honor of CF patient Andrea Lucas who has sadly passed away at only 17. It is an especially heinous disease. The Lucas family and I, accompanied by retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning, participated in a special on-court ceremony at a Miami Heat playoff game to unveil the painting and present the big check. The painting is currently hanging in the arena in the Kia center. The Miami Heat partners with Kia to honor someone who carries out random acts of kindness with an award called Random Act of Heat. They decided to honor me. This innocent and energetic painting commemorates this interesting and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

WHITE OWL

WHITE OWL

Inspired by connections to the ALS Foundation. My older brother Oliver was a brother in the bond of fraternity Phi Delta Theta. As an active member of the brotherhood, he helped coordinate philanthropy efforts. Phi Delta Theta works to raise money for the ALS Foundation because Lou Gehrig, the baseball great and victim of ALS, was a Phi Delta Theta member in college. This owl, poised and stoic, is the symbol bird for this particular fraternity. The drawing was auctioned at a philanthropy event in which alumni gathered to raise funds for the ALS Foundation.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Inspired by the mission of FORCE, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and awareness of breast and ovarian cancer. I FORCE stands for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. This organization works to give information primarily to people who are at risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer and genetically related cancers. These women and men face their risk of cancer empowered by the knowledge FORCE spreads. In this image, the wind is a force moving dandelion seedlings directly to the viewer as if we can reach out and grab them. The pink shirt and teal sky represent the colors of breast and ovarian cancer respectively. This image was used as prints, cards, mugs, t-shirts, phone cases, and other innovative ways to raise both funds and awareness for FORCE

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

I am currently a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale Florida and the STA Foundation is a vibrant and worthy part of the school community. I created the image of the scholarly Saint to benefit the foundation’s work in providing need based scholarships to other fellow STA students and to promote the charitable functions of my high school.

BABY JESUS

BABY JESUS

This is the 2012 Holiday card. I decided to continue creating a Holiday card as a legacy to JakeandHisFight. This year's image of the baby Jesus was donated to the chapel at the Miami Children’s Hospital to keep the promise of hope, and faith that started ArtbyEve 3 years ago alive.

THE GIFT OF LIFE

THE GIFT OF LIFE

I created this image for the 2011 JakeandHisFight holiday card series to benefit Jake who was still battling leukemia. During this time, Jake and his family were extremely hopeful because Jake’s health was improving and the end of his treatment was drawing near. I intended for this image to demonstrate the joy of an innocent child receiving a Christmas gift .The gift pouring out of the box shining on Jake’s face is life itself, something that Jake is very blessed to have. Jake would complete treatment the next year in 2012 after a rigorous, 4-year-long struggle.

HOPE

HOPE

I created this image for Food for the Poor, an organization that works to improve the conditions for people in third world countries. This image commemorated the 2nd anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake and has been used by other organizations in addition to Food for the Poor to support their efforts, like For Jamaica and the Florida Medical Association. I intended to convey the victim’s need for support. The child in the image is looking to you for help. The image has moved people to contribute, selling for over one thousand dollars at a Food for the Poor event. Other giclees as well as greeting cards of this image have been sold to advance Food for the Poor's cause.

LILY GIRL

LILY GIRL

Perpetual Motion Dance Company staged a Holiday show in 2011 called A Swingin Christmas to benefit Joe Dimaggio’s Children’sHospital through Daniella’s Dream. I created this image to express the versatility and beauty of the dancer. The image is of a ballerina on pointe but when viewed upside down the image is of a magnificent calla lily. This juxtaposition is a demonstration of how situations can be interpreted in different ways. One entity can have two entirely different ways of viewing it. I hope to convey perspective through this image and promote optimism in children with health problems as they try to make sense of their circumstances.

THE ASSUMPTION

THE ASSUMPTION

I was originally inspired to create this image when she heard an African missionary speaking at the Feast of the Assumption mass in 2010. This image has been instrumental in allaying the suffering of bereaved families and of different people in the community undergoing hardships. This image made its greatest impact for Food for the Poor helping to raise money for the impoverished third world. Food For the Poor is the largest Christian relief charity in the world. I have dedicated this image to anyone’s individual intentions where the intersession of the Virgin Mary is sought.

MISSION POSSIBLE

MISSION POSSIBLE

I created this image to commemorate the graduation of the St. Gregory 8th grade class of 2012. Our graduation was dubbed "Mission Possible" to underscore that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. This image was used to create a spirit of ambition and cohesion for the graduating class of St. Gregory School and appeared on the cover of our flyer/home DVD.

DEBBIE'S DREAM

DEBBIE'S DREAM

I created this image for Debbie Zelman Gutman’s Can’t Stomach Cancer foundation. Debbie Zelman is a professional woman, wife, and mother who was diagnosed with incurable stomach cancer. She founded an organization to help raise money for much needed research to find a cure for Stomach Cancer and to raise awareness of this terrible disease. The tree in the image is a Royal Poinciana, a beautiful tree that bloomed outside of Debbie’s window as she endured her first round of chemotherapy. This beautiful tree inspired Debbie and became the Logo of Debbie’s Dream, the parent organization of Can’t Stomach Cancer foundation. I intended for this image to show Debbie’s courage as she faces this daunting disease.

THE MEDICAL FAMILY

THE MEDICAL FAMILY

This image was inspired by the Broward County Medical Association Alliance foundation, a county-wide effort that supports health education and projects in the community. The sturdy trunk and the canopy of love to represent this mission and its typically family-oriented projects.

FIESTA

FIESTA

I created this image for the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Fund at the age of 11. The University of Florida was hosting an art contest. The image selected would be used on all promotional materials for the annual Hispanic Alumni event, The Gator Guayabera Guateque. The GGG raises money for the Opportunity Scholarship fund at the University of Florida which benefits many minority and first generation to attend college students in the state of Florida. I intended to convey the joyfulness of the event and the spirit of the Gator Nation. It is interesting to note that 2010 was the first year that Alberta Gator was highlighted in the promotional materials for this event.

THE GIFT

THE GIFT

I created this image for the 2010 holiday card series for JakeandHisFight to benefit her friend Jake who was still battling leukemia. Throughout Jake’s struggle, he and his family demonstrated great faith and hopefulness. I intended for this image to reflect how Jake’s tremendous strength and courage to fight and to beat his disease were almost divine. With some help from on high, Jake can beat his disease. JakeandHisFight Holiday card campaign initiated Eve’s philanthropic work. We are proud to report that Jake went on to defeat his cancer in 2012 after a rigorous, 4-year struggle with chemotherapy.

PEACE ON EARTH

PEACE ON EARTH

This is the mage that started it all. I was 11 years old and wanted to reach out to her friend who was suffering with Leukemia. I created this image, which was printed into Christmas cards, and was shocked when so many people wanted to buy them and support Jake and his family through this ordeal. The community responded overwhelmingly with a spirit of charity and cooperation and the idea to use art as a rallying point for worthy causes was born. It is important to acknowledge the Paperniche in Davie Florida whose professionalism and guidance was instrumental in making JakeAndHisFight amazing journey a success.