Radioactive Painting: How a Cancer Treatment Lit Up My Creative Practice
by Bronwen Mayer Henry
In 2013 Bronwen Mayer Henry, then a young woman with two small children, learned she had thyroid cancer. Facing her fear and sense of hopelessness, she called upon her family and friends for love and support, and she relied upon her faith to keep her strong and resilient. Following her treatment with radioactive iodine, she was forced to spend a week entirely alone, taking up temporary residence in a house belonging to a friend who was away. During that difficult, but also pivotal time, Henry decided to spend her days painting. That week was a turning point, setting her on a journey to discover the force of her creative spirit to bring love and compassion to the forefront of her life. Radioactive Painting is a story about tapping into the energy of one’s creative spirit, finding something completely unexpected and beautiful in spite of one's fear and hopelessness.
ART / General
ISBN: 978-1-951651-11-4 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Bronwen Mayer Henry is a self-taught contemporary painter specializing in trees and flowers on large scale canvases with acrylic paints. She leads workshops and retreats helping people to break through creative barriers. Her work has been on display at Abington Art Center, Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Bryn Athyn College, local shops, and has been featured in Real Woman magazine. She has pieces in private collections in California, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington D.C., Canada, and South Africa. She lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
This book is about Bronwen Mayer Henry, a deeply spiritual woman who opens her heart to her readers as an act of love and as prayer. Bronwen’s prayers are of selfless gratitude and a fervent wish for the welfare of her readers and beyond. As a matter fact, this whole book is a prayer as is her poetry and her soulful art. This is a love story. Bronwen’s love for life, her love for God, her love for art and poetry, and her love and compassion for herself. And by the way, this book is an act of love for you, the reader.
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