I started my Lipstick Series in order to support women who have battled, or are currently battling, Breast Cancer. When asking women what the hardest part of their journey with cancer had been, they had a shockingly similar answer: They didn't feel beautiful anymore. After finding out a good friend was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, I had the opportunity to sit down with her and try to better understand the battle she was fighting. She told me that before her chemotherapy treatments, she would apply lipstick because it was the only thing that made her feel strong and beautiful again. From then on, I decided to create this series entirely out of lipstick. My series continues to grow thanks to the generosity of those who have donated lipstick in honor and in memory of their loved ones. I’m privileged to be able to incorporate these people into my work, keeping their spirits alive! This body of work will be sold to raise money for The Rose clinic and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in hopes of finding a cure, and in the meantime, reminding women just how beautiful they truly are.