Kerry’s Portrait


I have been commissioned to paint Kerry's portrait (bus driver colleague, who is dying of cancer) for the Archibald Prize. I plan to paint her in her hospital bed, ravaged by cancer, plus an image of her standing beside the bed in her bus driver's uniform and another image of her standing on the other side of the bed dressed as a veterinary nurse, which was her first profession. Her mother is the person I am negotiating with about this painting. Kerry's partner, Phillip (another bus driver colleague), is there but he is very much in the background. He doesn't speak with us.

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

Dream notes and associations

You met Kerry in my Globe Artichoke dream. She has a very aggressive breast cancer and hasn't long to live. It was only recently discovered and was in a very advanced stage. Her partner, Phil, I've barely spoken to since this has happened. He is keeping a very low profile at the moment. I have not met Kerry's parents.

My feelings throughout the dream and on awakening

Sadness, despair, some fear, anger, but it was very much in the background


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Dream Therapist
2 years ago

Hi Lindsay, I’m sorry to hear about Kerry’s condition worsening. There is something really spiritual about this dream, I’m getting a holy trinity vibe from the portrait.