The morning that we met was beautiful – blue skies and peaceful. The lighting was perfect. I had no idea what to expect from a planned photo session with my friend, Pat Miller and her artwork. We have known each other for 15 years, since our kids were in pre-school. Pat is an artist, a mother, and a wife. She is active, youthful and attractive. She loves her kids – 17 year old twin boys, Adam & Jacob. She attends their sports events and volunteers for their team and their school. She describes her husband Alan as her ‘best buddy’.
2 years ago, Pat was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment lasted 360 days, but the story of her recovery and her acceptance of what most people would consider to be her burden, continues.

When the chapter of Pat’s treatment ended, a new one began. Through her art, Pat began the process of healing. Her paintings and projects of different mediums tell the story of the discovery of her disease, her method of coping with her medical procedures and her feelings – her hopes, fears and struggles as well as her passion and her victories.





Each painting, plaster mold, engraved stone and resin form is a page in her story. Her emotions are etched and painted on every piece – she is an open book. She describes her work as imperfect and unfinished. The emotional reaction from people viewing her artwork has ranged from unsettling and curious to empathetic and supportive. Deep down, Pat has a sense that there is a place and a purpose for her art.



I had no idea what to expect from our photo session. What I left with was less about what I saw and photographed and more about what I felt – the beautiful day, peacefulness, and hope. It is difficult to explain. I am looking forward to hearing about what comes next for Pat and her projects; her next chapter. The story is hard to resist.





  • Carla DiNatale
    12:13 am

    The happy story of another survivor. God Bless! My Laura was in pre-school with your guys and they met up again in DMS. Hard to believe so much time has passed. You will be in my prayers, thank you for expressing so much with your hands and your life. Your artwork is phenomenal, keep on working to show us your success.

  • 8:46 am

    God Love Pat,

    She is truly an amazing person to know! She touches the lives of many in such a positive and healing manner! Half the time, she doesn’t even realize how she has positively impacted others! Pat is Blessed in many ways and is a true inspiration to others! God Love You Pat, I”m glad our paths have crossed!

  • jennifer
    9:57 am

    Hi Pat, It’s been awhile since we chatted, I don’t know if you’ll remember me or not, I was friends with your brother John.
    I am so amazed by your artwork, it’s touching, and inspirational and reminds me of the beautiful soul you are.
    Peace and Love. Jen

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