Doctor draws Van Gogh-style on hospital whiteboards

Local doctor posts artwork on his blog

Dr. James Stageman draws on his patient's whiteboards at Silverton Hospital. (KOIN 6 News)
Dr. James Stageman draws on his patient's whiteboards at Silverton Hospital. (KOIN 6 News)

SILVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A longtime local doctor is revealing a unique prescription for sick patients.

It always includes a dry-erase pen and this case, a tiger Dr. James Stageman showed only to KOIN 6 News.

Dr. James Stageman draws on his patient's whiteboards at Silverton Hospital. (KOIN 6 News)
Dr. James Stageman draws on his patient’s whiteboards at Silverton Hospital. (KOIN 6 News)

“Art was something I did for fun,” the doctor who started his drawing cartoons said. He was only three years old when he drew his first picture. But when he grew up, so did his subjects.

“I enjoy Van Gogh, Norman Rockwell, but there are a lot you can really enjoy,” Dr. Stageman said.

The family practitioner is working at Silverton Hospital, just outside of Salem, and its corridors are more like a gallery, lined with his artwork.

“I like to make things better,” Dr. Stageman said. “Of course, a picture can’t change your point of view and it’s another way you can try to make somebody feel better.”

No one really used the white boards that hung in the hospital’s halls, but people didn’t seem to mind the doctor’s doodles either.

A year and a half later, Dr. Stageman proved drawing up prescriptions isn’t the only way his hands are helping to heal.

“It’s a real reward when you can touch someone or make their day better because you made some art for them,” Dr. Stageman said.

He also posts his artwork on his blog. You can see it by clicking here.

Check it out because the Doctor says he usually erases his work from the white boards.

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