Kait Paints For Cancer Research

Read About Kait's James Conner Painting and Getting to Meet Him Herself

 Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

Kait with James Conner and her painting of James

This May I was asked for the second year in a row if I would create a painting of James Conner to go to auction  to raise money for Dr. Stanley Marks Cancer  research  department in the Hillman Center. Dr. Marks is well known in Pittsburgh as one of the greatest and go to doctors if you're diagnosed with cancer. When James Conner was playing football for Pitt University, at the age of 19 James was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When I was with James I asked what symptoms he had and he said he almost thought he had a cold and obviously being an athlete and being so young, cancer is the last thing that comes to your mind. Fortunately James was treated by Dr. Marks and has been in remission for 2 years now. Since then James has been an inspiration to people and athletes everywhere especially to Pittsburgh where he was soon drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he currently plays.

The original painting is done in acrylic on canvas in a 3ftx4ft size and then smeared with yellow acrylic paint. I went with this theme because my painting of Antonio Brown was a huge hit and also I only had so much to make the painting. Any time I'm in a time crunch I leave my oils behind and go for acrylics. I anticipated getting the painting done in a week MAYBE two. Ha, yeah no. There was so much more detail that I didn't take into consideration which drew the painting process out for about a month. Luckily I did get it done in time for the auction but first I was asked to meet with James first so he could autograph the painting. Last year's painting of James sold for $6000 so we had high hopes for this painting, but it completely succeeded my expectations with being sold at a whopping $11,500!! I couldn't be more grateful or excited to help raise money for Dr. Marks and the Cancer Research at the Hillman Center.

 " James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

" James Conner" Acrylic on Canvas 3ftx4ft

Antonio and Angiosarcoma

 "84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

"84" Antonio Brown Acrylic on Canvas 36inx48in

 Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

Kait Schoeb with her painting "84" that was donated and auctioned off to raise funds for Team Hauser and Angiosarcoma research.

This year to kick off the month of August, I was asked and graciously accepted the opportunity to donate to Team Hauser in honor of Reverend Scott Hauser who lost his battle to a rare and devastating disease Angiosarcoma. After Scott's death his wife Laura and friends joined together to create Team Hauser to create awareness and raise funds for research for Angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive soft tissue sarcoma that attacks the inner lining of the blood vessels. In preparation for the Gala, I was asked if I would paint a portrait of Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. I always knew I'd wind up painting Antonio after many requests, but I wasn't sure how I'd creatively tackle (football puns) how I wanted to paint him exactly. I searched for photos online, but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind. I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. 

Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.I searched for photos online but the constant thought of a pushing deadline was in the back of my mind.I'd only have a week to create this painting, and make it look fantastic. The better it looks, the more money that can be raised. The pressure was on. I had to make a game time decision. (There go more football puns for ya.) In my search for action shots of Antonio I came across a gorgeous and solace expression of Antonio that was too striking to pass up. I decided to make his portrait in black and white to help me finish the painting on time. With that I wanted to, and have been trying to push away from just recreating what exactly is on a photograph. I wanted people to see right away it was a painting and not something you can just print out online. Another game time decision. Although I almost always especially with portraits use oil paint, I'd have no choice but to paint with acrylics. I knew there was no way the painting would dry in time for the event if I chose oils. It was a long shot on how I'd be able to blend the paints for a smooth appearance but I have no choice.

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I created Antonio's portrait with my brushes for the realistic style and for the pop of yellow to signify Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh colors, I used my palette knife to create a thick texture to the smooth backdrop. "84" was now created. The gala took place August 10th at the Circuit Center and Ballroom in South Side. The event was hosted by Rob Rossi, from WPXI and featured prizes, auctions, food and live music. I'm extremely proud of how this piece turned out and even got the thumbs up from Antonio Brown himself! For more information please visit www.teamhauser.org or www.cureasc.org to learn more about the Angiosarcoma Project.  

Game Changer Gala

 Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

Kait Schoeb With Her Painting "Blue Steel" Before Auction

As you read in the previous blog post I had the pleasure of creating artwork and attending the Game Changer and Mike Ditka Day Celebration Gala in honor of the Save Jon Foundation.  This year the Game Changer Gala was held July 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Coach Ditka along with multiple doctors and founding members, Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan serve as executive and active board members to serve Save Jon's mission. Throughout the evening aligned a ray of entertainment with everyone suited in their tux and gowns. Throughout the course of dinner were speeches by multiple PSC survivors and activists including Jamie Redford, Dr. Coach Mike Ditka, and performances by Broadway singers.

After dinner there was a live auction that was held along with my painting "Blue Steel" to help raise funds for Save Jon. Although the original painting is being loved in a great home, prints are available for sale in my store section found here.  Each print sold is going to raise proceeds to the Save Jon organization. At the Gala I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Ditka who serves on the board of Save Jon in honor of his friend Walter Payton who passed away from PSC. One of this year's honoree's and former Steeler Jahine Arnold also suffers with PSC disease. He was unable to attend the event, but fortunately it was due to good reason because he had received a successful liver transplant just a week before the gala. I'm very honored to have been asked to donate my work, and proud to help raise money for Save Jon and help spread their message. To learn more about Save Jon please go to their website at www.savejon.org

 Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

Kait with Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka. Photo by Lovas Photography

View the slide show below to view photos of the Game Changer Gala! 

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