Insidious Enemy


Original work

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Insidious Enemy original is available for art lovers looking at add unique works to their collections.

Artists Statement

“In ‘Insidious Enemy,’ Diana Vanstone plumbs the depths of a woman’s psyche, as she grapples with the insidious presence of breast cancer in her life. The painter’s unflinching gaze is trained on the thorny vine that wraps itself around the woman’s torso.  Its tendrils grasping and piercing the flesh like an invasive, unwelcome force. The breast, once a symbol of femininity and vulnerability, now lies exposed, pierced and bleeding from the painful thorn that has taken up residence there.

Vanstone’s brushstrokes are bold and unapologetic, yet simultaneously tender and empathetic.  She invites us to gaze upon this intimate moment of pain and vulnerability.  Forcing us to confront our own fears and mortality. The thorny vine, once a symbol of life-giving growth, has transformed into a malevolent force that threatens to consume the woman’s very being.

Through her painting, Vanstone asks us to consider the insidious nature of cancer.  How it can invade our bodies and minds without warning.  Leaving in its wake a trail of destruction and devastation. And yet, even in the darkest moments, there is a glimmer of resilience, a testament to the human spirit’s capacity for survival and renewal.

As we behold this hauntingly beautiful painting, we see that art has the power to transform our experiences into something meaningful, something that can be shared with others. ‘Insidious Enemy’ is a powerful reminder of the importance of empathy, compassion, and solidarity in the face of adversity. It is a call to arms, urging us to confront our own mortality.  To be brave and find ways to heal, to grow, and to thrive despite the challenges we may face.”

Technical Details

  • Size: 45.7 x 61 cm
  • Oil on canvas
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Diana.
  • Insidious Enemy original ​ships as a rolled canvas ready for you to mount.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg