Art Therapy

Finding New Purpose in Painting After Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

Peter Smith painted most of his life, but his paintings gained a new importance and perspective after his multiple myeloma diagnosis.
February 2021 Vol 7 No 1
Peter Smith
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Everlasting Nature While Time Passes (oil on canvas, 12” x 16”).
After the Storm.

My wife says I have been painting during all the 60 years we have been married. However, when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014, my image-making hands gave me a new purpose. My landscapes became visions of an eternal nature beyond my time, the everlasting hills of New Mexico. I was painting things “for all time”—a legacy to draw me outside of myself, a calm place, where bodily complaints were forgotten, and I could see a new world growing in my hands. (I welcome your comments. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

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