JParadisi RN Painting Featured in March Issue of AJN ‘Art of Nursing’

The March 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing features my painting Mean Girls (First Communion II). (Click on link, then click on “article as PDF” tab on the right side of the page).

Mean Girls (First Communion II) is part of From Cradle to Grave: The Color White, a series of paintings about the symbolism of the color white in western culture, and in nursing in particular. The entire series of paintings can be viewed on my other blog, Die Krankenschwester.com

From Cradle to Grave: The Color White was exhibited at the Anka Gallery, in Portland, Oregon in October 2010.

Senior editor Sylvia Foley coordinates The Art of Nursing.

You Can Find Me Here

This week, the American Journal of Nursing’s blog, Off the Charts posted Workplace Violence: Who’s Problem Is It? written by me. Much thanks to editor, Jacob Molyneux.

My short piece, The Wisdom of Nursery Rhymes, was published in the February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

The Art of Nursing in the March 2011 issue of AJN features Mean Girls (First Communion II), from the series of paintings, From Cradle to Grave: The Color White. Special thanks to editor Sylvia Foley, coördinator of The Art of Nursing.   The Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon  exhibited From Cradle to Grave: The Color White in October 2010.

Oh Yeah, Art Imitates Life

Salmon Heads (They Beat Themselves Bloody for the Opportunity to Spawn) by jparadisi 2006

Recently returned from a family trip, I turn my attention to a new project. September is a busy month.

In October, I’m exhibiting the paintings of From Cradle to Grave: The Color White , at Anka Gallery, in Portland, Oregon. As I write this post, David, my husband, is photographing the paintings in our living room/photography studio. David earned an Associate Degree in Television Production Arts before becoming a pharmacist. His technical skills support my small success as an artist and writer over the years. He understands the dual personae of  artist and health care provider.

The photographs serve as documentation of the series. Documenting artwork isn’t much different from documenting patient care in a chart. I describe the piece (or the patient), what I did, how I did it, and describe the conclusion in an artist statement. As an artist and nurse, I get lots of practice documenting people and things.

Besides making the paintings, and documenting them, I have to think about the exhibition as a whole. Neglecting to consider how each painting relates to another on a wall is like spending an entire shift in the ICU  focused on a patient’s respiratory care  for improved blood gas results, but overlooking the patient is running a fever and not treating it. Despite a shift of good work, the oncoming nurse will point out the obvious mistake to you, and you will feel foolish.