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Artist draws inspiration from breast cancer survivor

The splendor of a sunset or wonder of a symphony can often motivate artists to daub and smear gorgeous marvels of their own, as a tribute to their inspiration. One painter, who drew artistic encouragement from his mother's successful fight against breast cancer, is acknowledging his muse by auctioning his works to promote breast cancer awareness.

As part of the first Art for A Cure event in El Paso, Texas, Lars Klingstedt will honor his mother, Niecie, a breast cancer survivor who has been healthy for five years, the Associated Press reports.

"I really admire her for her courage and determination," Klingstedt told the news source.

He added, "It's inspiring to know that despite everything she has gone through, she still has the drive and the energy and positive attitude to keep going."

The charity event will follow El Paso's Race for the Cure this Sunday, and will feature live and silent auctions, door prizes and swag bags.

Klingstedt will auction 10 original pieces of art, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Barack Obama. Stars like Jay Leno and Maraih Carey are known to own Klingstedt works in their homes, says the AP.

Originally hoping to raise about $2,000, Klinstedt has already received more than $6,000 in donations.
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