Art Therapy

Painting as Meditation

Gina Hamilton Stratton calls this painting Boundless Joy. After her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, she went back to painting, which she finds meditative; this painting symbolizes for her the joy the world has to give and receive.
April 2022 Vol 8 No 2
Gina Hamilton Stratton
Willis, Texas
Boundless Joy.

I used acrylic on canvas, 24 by 36 inches, to create my Boundless Joy painting. Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer returned me to my love of art and creative discovery. It also reunited me with myself.

Painting for me is meditation, a way to disconnect, so that I could connect. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the diversity in artistic expression of life and emotion from all those who are affected by cancer.

Standing face to face with a blank canvas, noticing that inspiration points undeniably to joy, was a reminder that our world has boundless joy to give and to receive. Slowing down to zoom in on life’s details always leads to where joy waits. I find small joys in painting, writing about life’s experiences, thought-provoking conversations, reading during early-morning silence, comfortable shoes, soft pillows, warm blankets, key lime pie, and the smell of freshly cut hay.

Share this:

Recommended For You
Art Therapy
Pins and Needles
By Kim Kleinhardt
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, Kim Kleinhardt made a mixed-media triptych collage to chronicle her journey, featuring her mother’s old dress patterns and medical records from her cancer care appointments.
Art TherapyMultiple Myeloma
Cancer Concerns Drift Away While I Focus on My Painting
By Eddie Sutherland
While painting this beautifully realistic rendition of a Clam Shack in Cape Cod, Eddie Sutherland was able to step back, focus on his art, and forget his cancer concerns for a while.
Art Therapy
Superstitions Mountains Allegorical Painting
By Douglas Alan Herman
Douglas Herman, who has been diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer, describes his beautiful painting of the Superstitions Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, which symbolizes the link between man and nature and paying tribute to his mom, who passed away from melanoma, and whose ashes were scattered there.
Art Therapy
Looking for a Cure
By Roberta Smigel
Roberta Smigel, who works in biotechnology, has had family members, friends, and colleagues touched by cancer. She made this painting in hopes of one day finding a cure for this disease that affects so many.
Last modified: April 19, 2022

Subscribe to CONQUER: the patient voice magazine

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

Race or Ethnicity
Profession or Role
Primary Interest