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.