Attractions in Rhodes: Surgeon uses scalpel and pen to create magic
PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The chief pediatric surgeon at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence seeks to give back in a unique way.
Dr Francios Luks hopes his love of art will bring smiles and money to a place close to his heart. He has dedicated the last 27 years of his life to children and now he uses his left hand for much more than surgery.
“I doodle a lot,” Luks said. “People still laugh at me at conferences and meetings. I can’t stand still, so I doodle, and now I do it digitally.
It’s a hobby he’s enjoyed for years, and it’s stress reliever too.
“I love doing it, and definitely the end results when it works,” he said. “It’s what I do to relax when I’m not working. This is certainly how I started.
Drawing is a great way to connect with families, according to Luks.
“Having a quick drawing is often clearer than a long explanation, so that’s why I use it the most in my professional life,” he explained.
He now uses his artistic gift to create note cards and images of iconic Rhode Island places.
“There are so many landmarks in the state of the ocean when you think about it,” Luks said. “It’s amazing for a small state. I know it’s a cliché, but there are so many recognizable landmarks and people say, “I know this place”.
Many of Luks’ drawings are very familiar: Goat Island and the Newport Pell Bridge, the Providence Children’s Museum, the Hope Diner in Bristol, and the Big Blue Bug, to name a few.
He says his favorite is the Foot Bridge in Providence because it’s a new landmark.
“I think Benefit Street went really well because it’s hard to make the intricacies of all these buildings and try to make them simple, but recognizable. I think I got the spirit of it, ”Luks noted. “And I have a soft spot for the PawSox because it’s already an old thing because it’s not here anymore.”
Luks added that he also loves the art of time lapse because it’s fun and there is a little benefit to the program he uses.
“It’s really cool to see it even when you’re doing it yourself,” he said. “It’s always pretty fun to see him come together.”
Luks is hoping his note cards will be a way to raise funds for Hasbro.
“Everything we do is part of an organization, part of the community,” he said. “It makes sense that this is an extension of what I do on a daily basis. We’re here to help people and help each other out and since it’s fun for me and a way to keep myself busy, I thought if anyone was interested, why not make it a win-win situation.
The basic sketch of the final product takes a few hours, Luks said. He hopes this new note-making adventure will have lasting benefits for the hospital.
Since last week, they have sold 50 to 60 packs of cards.
“I like to draw, and I don’t need the extra money because I’m not yet retired, and help raise some money and raise awareness in the hospital?” Why not? ”Luc asked.