Painter Laura Ross-Paul shares how her journey with breast cancer has affected her painting imagery — Introduction by sculptor MJ Anderson
In 2003 a life threatening illness greatly impacted Laura’s life path. Approaching a diagnosis of multiple focus breast cancer with the goal of saving her breast, (what a life-long figure painter/teacher would want) , Laura volunteered to be the first US woman to be treated with Cryoablation, or freezing. The successful outcome of this treatment has led Laura, and her husband Alex, to become Cryoablation for Breast Cancer Advocates.
This health journey has affected Laura’s painting imagery.
In 2006 she developed an entire exhibit and catalog, “Naked”, featuring imagery motivated by the challenges and vulnerability of being a “Patient Pioneer”. The following year curator Jessica Hunter Larsen featured her work in a woman exhibit, “The Allusive Self”, at the Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, along with a catalog and artist residency.
In 2016 Laura developed her first installation, “Drawing As Core”, linking painted, color coded panel constellations along the 45’ wall of Portland Community College’s North View Gallery, as part of the Visual Code exhibit curated by Mark Smith.