Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi Everyone! My name is Georgina and I am a freelance illustrator. For the past few years I have been battling cancer, & surgery to remove one of my tumours means that I have recently become disabled. To receive treatment for my cancer I had to quit my job and as a pick me up I decided to treat myself to an iPad Pro. I downloaded the ‘procreate’ app and started drawing. I started uploading my illustrations to my old instagram account and the rest is history! Re-joining instagram to share my art really opened my eyes and I have come across this community of courageous, inspiring women who uplift each other and who celebrate their differences. Seeing courageous women share their own stories and who embrace their unique bodies has really helped me come to terms with my new body and hair loss (from chemo).
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I love drawing inspiring women. Sometimes I simply decide to draw something because of the aesthetic and sometimes I like to have a message in my illustrations. I just post whatever I feel like, I do it out of enjoyment and sometimes so I can have my voice heard. My illustrations are a reflection of how I am feeling and what I am thinking. Seeing women who look like my new self, or ones who have gone through challenging situations in their lives really inspires me and is something I am really passionate about celebrating. Through my digital illustrations I hope I can inspire women who are struggling to embrace themselves. I think it is important that I use my little platform to give women from all walks of life a voice.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I feel courageous just simply going out and about. Since having my big operation last year and my chemo , I have slowly been learning to walk again and I have lost all my hair. This means I can only walk short distances so going out and about is really challenging physically for me. This also means I need a walking stick and I look different because I am a girl with no hair. Being an introvert I feel like everyone is staring at me because I’m a 22 year old with a walking stick. It took me a while to come to terms with my hair-loss, plus having chemo meant I gained a bit of weight. This meant for ages I would have to wear a wig out and a full-face of makeup. I have learned to love my new-self and have accepted how I look. The journey I have been on has really made me realise what is important to me. And that is not how I look but my health and my art is important to me. Having cancer has really taught me to go for what I always wanted to achieve and to take risks in life. I would rather say I regret doing something than say I regret not doing something.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I would tell my 16-year-old self that everything happens for a reason. it is important to have that mindset as it keeps you going. It is important to look for the good in the bad and when a bad situation arises you have to look for an opportunity to turn it into a positive. This is what has happened with me. If I hadn’t of been diagnosed with cancer then I would never have returned to drawing regularly. I have had loads of messages saying that my art has inspired women; this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had cancer.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
My piece of advice I would give to a fellow lady who might be lacking courage would be to embrace your differences and to turn a negative into a positive.