The Art of Christian Gabriel  

The He(art) Collection

Painting an anatomical heart. I know what you're thinking, real original, right? If you want to do some investigating, you're only a pinterest search away from finding a few shy of a million stylized anatomical hearts online. So, why do it? For some time now, this has been in the works per my wife's request to paint these weird things. Being an OR (Operating Room) nurse on the Heart Team for a few years, she loved (no pun intended) the idea to bring my work and hers together in a painting. Just recently, I had this idea of putting all aspects of our life together in a collection. I figured I'd take on the challenge of creating something original from something unoriginal. Another motivation behind this collection is to spread Organ donor awareness. When you get your driver's license, you must choose whether you're a donor or not. I'll be the first one to agree, it's a little morbid for you to sit there in the DMV and think about getting in a fatal car crash and paramedics salvaging your vital organs. Especially for 16 year olds that just start out driving. You just want to get that little pass of freedom and go. Let's face it, you have important places to be like the mall, the beach, the movies, job, etc. We need more donors out there. On December 3rd, 2017, my best friend passed away from CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). He was on and off the transplant list, constantly getting the run-around. It was a long fight that has been(and still is) stressful for his family, but at least he isn't in pain anymore. Sometimes I get selfish and think about how much I miss him. As an artist, there's not much I can do other then honor him and continue creating. He was my biggest fan and I know he would want me to keep hustling. To summarize this new collection, it's done all out of Love ; ) -CG
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