Artist faces up to ordeal of tumour

PUBLISHED: 15:10 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3: AN East Budleigh artist is smiling in the face of a terminal brain tumour and has produced a sculpture humanising the mask of cancer. Brian Lord, of Elm Bank, Oak Hill, was diagnosed with aggressive terminal brain tumour earlier this year and has been in

AN East Budleigh artist is smiling in the face of a terminal brain tumour and has produced a sculpture humanising the mask of cancer.Brian Lord, of Elm Bank, Oak Hill, was diagnosed with aggressive terminal brain tumour earlier this year and has been in high dependency intensive therapy since his operation in March.The 72-year-old has produced a thought-provoking sculpture made from his radiation mask, plastic mesh that fits around the face, for the Exmouth Art Group competition.His daughter, Sara Lord, said: "He is very pleased with the face - it is very important to live in the moment."The message is to not give up and keep living, especially with what he has been through."The sculpture, entitled Humour Tumour, has an apple where the tumour would have been and multi-coloured butterflies coming off the wires.Mr Lord has also put forward three watercolour and acrylic paintings, two done before his operation and one since.The former Exeter businessman had been on his way to Sri Lanka to help out in a charity orphanage when he was diagnosed but will not let his health stop him enjoying his retirement and will carry on doing the hobbies he loves like cooking and gardening.He will also exhibit his work in the Budleigh Salterton Public Hall as part of the Budleigh Salterton Art Club.

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