Orlando Artist Auctions Off Painting to Highest Bidder for Breast Cancer Benefit

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Jessilyn Park creates one-of-a-kind piece of artwork for Pretty in Pink, a charity event to benefit M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in downtown Orlando.

Jessilyn Park standing next to Colors of Hope

Jessilyn Park standing next to Colors of Hope

I'm very honored and humbled to have been a part of such a great cause to raise funds for breast cancer charity.

From the cheers of the crowd, you would think Jessilyn Park was a famous artist. However, she has only been painting for 10 months. She discovered this hidden talent after a visit with her grandmother in December 2011.

Since discovering she could paint, 31 year old Park has used her knowledge of marketing and communications to promote her artwork using social media. She has been published in several magazines, including Orlando Home and Leisure, AboutUs, ENDEE Magazine, and CityWide Arts and has amassed thousands of followers on social networks in that short time.

Social Media is exactly how Sandra Cheshire, owner of Sandra Cheshire Limousines heard of Jessilyn. Sandra is a nine year survivor of breast cancer and decided to throw a charity event to help other women who are financially burdened by medical bills associated with breast cancer. Sandra selected Jessilyn due to her massive online popularity.

Jessilyn painted "Colors of Hope" in honor of this event. It elegantly depicts a semi-nude woman with her head down sitting on the floor, covered with a blanket. She is surrounded by the colors of the rainbow.

The event was held in upscale Terrace 390, located on the corner of Livingston and Orange in downtown Orlando. It drew hundreds of people and many of Orlando's trendiest venues contributed door prizes to the event including Tier Nightclub, Roxy, Blue Martini, Rachel's, Vain, Bento Cafe, Vintage, Vixen, NV, IBAR, Dancers Royale, Suite B, Stigma, Ember, The Fifth and Orlando City Soccer.

"This was an amazing night!" Park said of the charity event. "I'm very honored and humbled to have been a part of such a great cause to raise funds for breast cancer charity."

The painting ended up selling $3,650.00. It will be displayed in Orlando's first Ultra salon, Trend Studios, located at 16 W. Pine St. Orlando, FL 32801.

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