RACHEL MINDRUP
These documentary styled paintings are all done with the assistance of those portrayed coordinating their own photo shoots and celebrating their vocations or hobbies. Together we work on how the portrait should be handled. Each participant writes his or her own biography and ends it with a positive note for all of us to ponder and live by!  Please view the entire collection at: http://www.facebook.com/ManyFacesNF

Avi Processing Apple Watch Orders
2017
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"

Avi David is in his forties and from Israel. He suffers from NF and has from a small age. He discovered the mutation of the disease: cafe au lait spots and a number of body lesions. As time went on his condition grew worse, He thinks he hay have inherited the disorder from his mother. He does not have any memory oh his mother as she died of cancer when he was only 3 years old. Thankfully, Avi has a wonderful stepmother who helped raise him. When he was 7 he underwent the first of two NF-related surgeries on his vocal chords. He had another when he was 15, but neither surgery seemed to help with the tumors and all that ended up as a result was that his voice is now hoarse. He also had many small and minor surgeries throughout the years to remove the neurofibromas. The surgeries were of little success. Avi believes that the worst thing about NF is that people will look at him strangely and are afraid of him simply because of his appearance. He also does not like to take his shirt off at the beach and self conscious. He has yet to feel comfortable removing his shirt to go swimming.

Currently Avi works for a company that sells Apple products. He is in the field of preparing orders and taking orders for Apple for various clients. A year ago Avi made a trip to New York and fell in love with the United States. Life is very difficult for him in the Land of Israel. Avi hopes that in the future doctors will find a cure for this disorder and in the meantime the most important thing is to smile as much as possible and adopt positive thoughts: we live only once and always smile even if it is difficult.
Oil Portraits of NF
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