Marilyn Kernoff finds therapy through painting

By Candice Krieger, May 12, 2011

When psychotherapist Marilyn Kernoff was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago, she decided to close down her practice to pursue what she loves - painting. Now, she is displaying her creations at her first solo exhibition, taking place at Corman Arts in north London.

Ms Kernoff, 62, tells People: "I have been painting for about 12 years but when I was diagnosed I wasn't in a state to work so I decided to throw myself into my art." Although still undergoing treatment, she says she is still able to paint. It's been a God-send. It's therapeutic and there is the element of distraction. It gives me a sense of meaning and purpose.

"It is a way of turning this ghastly cancer situation into a creative use. It's kept me going."

South-African born, Ms Kernoff describes her pieces as primarily semi-abstract landscapes and figure painting. She has achieved considerable success with commissioned portraits. Some of her work was selected by well-known curator Dr Jonathan Miller as part of the Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

A member of South Hampstead Synagogue in north London, Ms Kernoff will be exhibiting around 30 paintings at the exhibition, which opened yesterday and runs until the end of June.

Last updated: 11:28am, May 12 2011