An ill elderly Japanese gentleman was admitted to the hospital and was critically ill (I was told, 1 in 5 chance of surviving). His brother saw this framed image in the Hospital's Art Can Heal Gallery, determined it was good fortune to have run into it, and asked if the image could be put in the room with his ill brother. I was told later that the red dragonfly (Aka Tombo) in the Japanese culture represented renewal, positive forces and power of life, and is as well associated with good luck, prosperity, peace, and harmony. Long story short, the picture moved with him and remained in his room through five major surgeries (including the ICU's). The elderly gentleman to all the doctors' surprises got better and the good luck photo now hangs in the man's home. His daughter indicated the Red Dragonfly had deep meaning in their family and that the picture literally gave her father the fortitude and will to stay alive through all that he went through. Artistic mixed media digital painting of an original photographic image.
August 9th, 2011
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