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From womb to tomb

I created this piece as a donation to Female Tales Untold, a student-led event which raises money for SafeHouse Denver, an organization which serves women experiencing domestic violence in the Denver metropolitan area. This event is led my students from Rocky Vista University, the medical school I attend. Female Tales Untold is similar to Vagina Monologues — it is an empowering event which celebrates womanhood with art in all forms, including performance with monologues and poetry as well as visual art.

I wanted to create this painting of the uterus, inspired by one of my favorite quotes: “Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others.” This was taken from Cloud Atlas, a novel written by David Mitchell, a book about about reincarnation, which interests me because I grew up Buddhist. The meaning behind the quote is that we have impact on one another, and there is importance in altruism.


Florence is Chinese, was born in Colorado but spent 12 years of her life growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. From a young age, she has always been in awe of art and how a blank piece of paper can be turned into something so beautiful. Art has always been a way for her to view the world in a different perspective, and a tool for her to express herself. She loves mixed-media, and her most recent endeavors have been to merge her love for art and her passion for medicine as one.

For more about Florence and her art, please go to her online portfolio which can be found at:

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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Florence is a third year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado class of 2023. In 2018, she graduated from University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and medical physics. She enjoys practicing Muay Thai, playing board games with friends, painting and taking her dog out for hikes in her free time.