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BEATRICE GOLDFINE

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

Is Time an Illusion oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches 1987

In 1985, I found a lump in my right breast: cancer. A lumpectomy was performed. Radiation treatments were scheduled in the mornings so that I could spend the rest of the day at my studio painting.

For the first time, I lost the fear of exposing myself on canvas, and I could paint all that I felt, both conscious and subconscious. "Is Time an Illusion" deals with the mask women hide behind in order to keep our feelings hidden for fear of appearing weak. Creating kept and keeps my mind and hands busy; it is something I must do. I realized that I had something to leave behind, that this need not be the end. Ten years have passed, and I am well and painting most every day.

Cancer made me more aware, my senses became keener, and as a result, my paintings had more depth and feeling.