This painting was inspired by cancer, atomic bombs and the loss of my aunt. My aunt was born in the 1950’s when the Atomic Energy Lab was sold, a toy that included cancer-causing uranium ore. I don’t think my aunt ever played with this toy but I picked up the color palette from the toy for my artwork because the colors were bright and pure. The toy makes me think of all the things in our lives that are cancer causing but have a fun facade, like cigarettes, diet sodas and high fructose corn syrup (that stuff is cancer fuel).

I know I’ve referenced a lot of austere things but ultimately I love this piece. It’s small, bright and fun – like my aunt!


Lisa Marie Sipe, “The tumor is VERY little,” encaustic and mixed media on wood, 8.25 x 7.5 inches

“The tumor is VERY little”
encaustic and mixed media on wood
8.25 x 7.5 inches