"New Morning For Broken Top" 30 x 60 Oil on Linen Created with oil and gratitude By Gene Costanza
Gene Costanza woke up dying. He felt tightness in his chest, suffered nausea, started losing vision and had trouble breathing. "I was pretty sure this was a heart attack and was going south." His wife, Rhonda, called 911 and Redmond Medics arrived in minutes. With COVID rules, Rhonda could not ride with him, so they said heartbreaking goodbyes to each other, wondering if they would see each other alive again. "I was ushered into the cath lab at St Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, where the team went right to work." Conscious of some of what was going on, Costanza said the medical team's response to his emergency was tremendous and they kept him in the loop as the night went on. "They ended up giving me a stent in my right descending artery." He could feel his symptoms reversing. "I am going to live." Gene's thoughts went to how he could thank everybody involved. When recouped, he went to work in his studio and produced a 30" x 60" painting titled, "New Morning For Broken Top". "I wanted the spirits to be lifted by this painting. The new morning is breaking through, chasing away the darkness and pushing away the night." The 'Thank You' now has a permanent home, hanging in the well traveled staff's hallway in the St. Charles Medical Center.