gdc
Art Therapy

The Light at the End of the Journey

William and Penny Hamilton created this beautifully symbolic art piece, which celebrates their warm bond together and represents the various stages of dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

April 2017 Vol 3 No 2
William Hamilton, JD, PhD

The white frame represents the time when we, as a married couple, were innocent of the disease, and what was about to happen to us. The black stands for the despair that accompanies a cancer diagnosis. The red represents the anger that comes from trying to live a healthy life and still being stricken with this disease. The purple stands for academe and the medical research that may lead not just to a cure, but to prevention as well. The gold is for the hope that springs eternal in every heart. The gray path stands for the uncertainty that is always with those trying to find their way forward to a cure. The bright light spilling out the open door is the hopeful prospect of being able to defeat the disease. The couple, walking hand-in-hand, symbolizes the loving teamwork that makes the difficult journey so much easier to bear. 

About the Artists

Concept: By Penny R. Hamilton, PhD
Design and painting: By William A. Hamilton, JD, PhD
Framing: By Lauren Gompertz-Norby of Rocky Mountain Interiors

Recommended For You
Art Therapy
Visions of the Soul
By Rebecca Burg
Rebecca Burg unleashes her spiritual vision in this beautiful painting titled “Uplifted.”
Art Therapy
“Hands Off”
By Annette Bennington McElhiney, PhD
“Hands Off” emerged as my way of saying, “Let women make their own decisions about their bodies and healthcare.”
Art TherapyHero of Hope
No You Cant'cer (Ballad Arrangment)
By Melissa Marshall
2017 Hero of Hope Patient Award winner Melissa Marshall wrote the song “No You Cant’cer” as a way to help her cope with her colon cancer diagnosis. As a performer, she was inspired to use music as a creative outlet to tell her cancer that it was not going to get the best of her and to help empower other people going through the same difficult journey.
Art TherapyHero of HopePatient Stories
Empowerment Through Art and Music
By Melissa Marshall
Melissa Marshall found comfort and inspiration to help herself and others cope with cancer through both art and music.
Last modified: January 9, 2018

Subscribe to CONQUER: the patient voice® magazine

Receive timely cancer news & updates, patient stories, and more.

Country
Need multiple copies? Click here