Bodies of Courage
A Cancer Survivors Colorful Canvas hand painted into Beautiful Art”
A Healing Arts Project of Cancer Survivorship
Artist, Lisa Scholder, hand paints Cancer Survivors in a uniquely abstract and colorful presentation and reconnects them with the beauty of their bodies….An “Artistic Visual Testimony” to the strength of these courageous Cancer Survivors.
This project has given survivors the self-empowerment, strength, and determination enabling them to see their bodies as a colorful unique piece of art. It’s their Celebration of Life!
Bodies of Courage is a subsidiary of the Faces of Courage Foundation, a 501 C-3 Non-Profit Cancer patient support organization dedicated to providing Free-of-Charge programs, outings, and weekend camps for adults, children, and families touched by all types of cancers. Our primary goal is to support and focus on developing strong positive attitudes in cancer patients during their treatment process and to strive towards recovery.
Although the actual Bodies of Courage Project was not started until 2010, Multi medium artist Lisa Scholder, had already been exhibiting her work publicly since 2004. Influenced by her father-in-law, Fritz Scholder, a world renowned American Indian Artist, she began body painting on New Year’s Eve 2000. Her use of vivid combinations of color, with the body as a landscape, physical imperfections were transformed into beautiful and colorful works of Art.
For Artist, Lisa Scholder, this project that has given so many survivors self-empowerment, is her driving force.
Lisa Scholder, is actually a full-time licensed insurance agent specializing in Professional Liability for architects and engineers for over 20 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied Marketing at IUP then lived in California and Arizona until coming to Florida in 2004.
Having already influenced and changed the lives of those she had body painted, in 2008, she answered a Craigslist ad that was looking for a body painter to paint a breast cancer survivor for a fundraising calendar. With the assistance of film producer, Jim Webb, of The Webb Works, Lisa Scholder painted her first breast Cancer Survivor while he filmed, documented, and interviewed. 49 Cancer Survivors painted since, you can see how this has flourished into a “Healing Arts Project.”
Jim documented that she was so inspired that she wanted someone to collaborate with, to work with more cancer survivors to see the benefit it has had for their self esteem.
In 2011 Lisa Scholder answered an ad for Fringe, Lisa was one of only for artists elected to exhibit at the Tampa museum for this event for artists that were on the fringe and cutting edge. The other three were art professors.
The video Jim Webb produced on behalf of Bodies of Courage for Moffit Cancer Center won a Telly Award.