“She has a knack for tapping into your psyche. Her paintings are full of memories that all of us share: chasing butterflies on a warm summer afternoon…dying to open a bottle of your mother’s fingernail polish…that special ‘twirl’ dress that makes you feel like a princess. The subjects of her paintings may be of simple objects or a child we pass on the sidewalk every day; however, her complex and spiritual emotions come through on every canvas she paints. Lila has the gift for painting the things that make us reflect on the past and give us hope for the future.”

Lila Graves has published a book of paintings, photographs and verse entitled “White Wings,” which tells the story of her miraculous experience with terminal melanoma cancer. It is a remarkable journal of her path to become a survivor of cancer and life. Her journey is truly a joyous testimony to the healing power of art that she now shares with her two beautiful daughters Lucy and Bea.

Ms. Graves is a 1990 graduate of the Atlanta College of Art where she received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art. Her work can be found at Gallery 1930 in Birmingham.




As a 25-year survivor of stage-four melanoma, Lila Graves absolutely knows how art can help save lives. She testifies to this in her book, “White Wings,” which shares the journey of her cancer – her paintings, her living and her healing. The same holds as true today: painting is the way she processes life – a creative participation in living a miracle!