This is an important painting due to it’s symbolic nature. It expresses my reaction to my son’s diagnoses of VCFS (velo, cardio, facial, syndrome) aka. q22.dil.11.2
This image of the child holding the balloon is very significant. Zach is surrounded by bigger things than himself but his focus is up. He is smiling up at the balloon and the balloon is orange like the sun, symbolizing hope and a sunny outlook.
The D.N.A strips are painted red like blood and incidentally it is a blood test that is required to determine whether or not a person has VCFS
The inclusion of the question “where is q22?” promotes another question what is q22? This then leads to an opening to talk about this common, yet little known condition.