Nicky Kane - Multi-media artist
Nicky is a Khandallah based artist creating acrylic paintings, focusing on detailed realism and multi-media works. She also enjoys working with tissue paper to create patterns and effects.
Nicky is fascinated by Japanese art and the painstaking intricacies and simplicity of the work. For BraveArt she has used tiny tissue paper mosaic techniques, adding feathers and diamante to her torso to create a theatrical corset. The fun in the piece reflects her subject Bette Cosgrove, who has spent much of her career working in performing arts.
After study and work at The Learning Connexion, gaining a Diploma of Art and Creativity (Hons) Nicky satisfies her passion by working as a full-time artist from home. Her art is sold mainly on commission.
“Painting and creating is a joy,” she explains, “but it doesn’t always come easily.”she says.
“My sister-in-law was an excellent artist and potter who exhibited her work prior to succumbing to breast cancer. She is greatly missed.”
“I really wanted to support these strong women who have battled breast cancer but never let it get the better of them. Their dragon boating is such an example to others” says Nicky.
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Bette Cosgrove - CanSurvive
Bette is one of the newest crew members of CanSurvive.
She joined the crew after being invited by her Kapiti friends who had been paddling for many years.
Primarily her motivation was to get fit and well, and recover from breast cancer treatment after deciding to leave her performing arts education work and have a ‘gap year’.
She discovered how positive the physical and mental benefits of joining this team sport could be. “I have loved and participated in dance all my life, and paddling on the boat there is the same sense of unity, as we all have to coordinate and be in time with each other.”
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She underwent left side lumpectomy and lymph node surgery which was followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
“Having cancer taught me to listen more carefully to my body and be mindful” she says. “I found I really needed to focus on and appreciate how important a sense of ‘balance’ is in life. Life is for living!" says Bette.