Pam Douglas

"How would I have survived without painting? Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, I endured six months of chemo, followed by surgery, followed by daily radiation for two more months. My only rescue was to focus on each nuance of color and turn of the brush until pain faded beneath the force of the image that was forming, persevering even when I was barely able to lift the panels on which I painted...

...People sometimes speak of 'the gift of cancer,' and I wouldn't have understood it until it happened to me. I think the 'gift' is being forced to ask why you're living, who you truly are. For me, the answer was profound: Return to my core as an artist in order to stay alive. And since I was on disability leave, I was able to use every waking moment I was out of the hospital to paint. You might say that spiritually I was pushed back into what I'm supposed to do in this world. And I'll never stop again."

-Excerpt from Pam Douglas's Capelli Essay



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