Last week’s Mail carried a wonderful story about a self-taught Suffolk artist Heath Rosselli and a striking and beautiful nude portrait of a friend. The painting is to displayed at the Louvre as part of an exhibition to 'the changing face of breast cancer'. The painting will line up beside Rembrandt's famous painting Bathsheba At Her Bath. The portrait is of Evelyn Satterlee who posed for after a mastectomy.
Simply titled Evelyn, the portrait was simply a way of showing that life goes on. 'The whole point of doing it in the first place was to remove the stigma attached to mastectomies and the idea that people think it is grotesquely disfiguring,' Said Miss Rosselli. 'I wanted my portrait to show it is not an ugly thing.... The aim of the painting was to show that Evelyn remains a beautiful and whole woman, enjoying a full life, a happy marriage, and good health.'
When the portrait was unveiled in 1997, Mrs Satterlee said: 'I consider my missing breast as just a blemish - in the same way I think my thighs are too big and I have more wrinkles than I used to. Posing was a way of me saying that I am done with cancer now and that part of my life is now in the past.'
Miss Rosselli of Worlington in Suffolk, had taken up painting to support herself and her two children after her marriage fell apart.
Heath Rosselli’s work is stunning and succeeds absolutely in portraying Evelyn Satterlee as a beautiful woman in her prime. Mrs Saterlee now teaches English in South Korea... Life goes on...