Desoto County News

Cancer Center holds an art reception for cancer survivor and artist Robert A. Olson

In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto hosted a reception featuring the work of Memphis artist and colon cancer survivor Robert A. “Bob” Olson on Thursday, March 21. 

“Baptist Cancer Center is grateful to Bob Olson for allowing us to feature his work in this special showing for our Southaven location,” said Tabitha Smith, director of outpatient oncology services, Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto. “It’s an honor to display his work during Colon Cancer Awareness Month to celebrate his talent and recovery.”

Olson’s exhibit contains approximately 40 pieces of art.

“It is my honor to support Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto,” said Olson. “If my art can bring joy to others and benefit my beloved Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto, then so be it!”

Olson is a retired jeweler who took up painting in the early 1980s with a class about landscapes. Since then, he has discovered a number of new techniques, including fluid art, which involves pouring layered colors of paint onto a surface and manipulating it by tilting the canvas to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Located in Southaven at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto provides comprehensive cancer diagnosis, treatment and therapies in a single location so patients can get world-class cancer care close to home. Baptist Cancer Center-DeSoto offers leading-edge technology, advanced diagnostics, innovative treatments and access to clinical trials to treat a wide range of cancers, including breast, lung, brain, pancreatic, colorectal, liver, melanoma and more. For more information, call 662-349-2442 or visit