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Live Art Benefits UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center

"Last Rites"

12" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $1200
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this small plein air piece on site during the 22nd Annual Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational's VIP party held in La Jolla, CA. It was auctioned on site while the paint was still wet. Here's what Matt Beard had to say about it:

"Technically, this would be the 33rd piece in my Free Range series. Odometer maybe at 1525 miles or so. This little one raised $1200 to fight cancer that night (not to be confused with my large painting of Scripps Pier that sold for $14,000 at the main event the next day). Shortly after that I was keeled over in pain and ended up in the ER at Scripps hospital. They couldn’t figure it out and sent me on my way where the stabbing pain came and went for the next 2 weeks. Tests, appointments, all that. Still no answers but feeling better. Reckon 3 weeks of van life and brutal work pace had me neglecting proper nutrition and hydration and I paid the price this time. Anyway, all that is to say I’m not dead yet, and even though this is the last painting I’ve done as of this moment, there will be more. Just a reminder we never know what tomorrow brings. Life is short. Love people. Now.

"I’m beyond stoked to have been part of such an amazing event and grateful to all that work so hard to make it happen each year. I hope to be back, and in better condition to howl at the moon and fight cancer like a pirate with you all next year. Heroes."