Artist and cancer survivor Erna Braun spoke Oct. 14 to mark the opening of an exhibit of her paintings in the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Braun’s show is the sixth in a rotating exhibit titled The Survivor Art Series.
Braun credited her “wonderful, supportive family” in helping her deal with a 1993 cancer diagnosis, and she noted that the experience helped rekindle her interest in art.
Braun spoke in front of one in a series of artworks focusing on pink roses that she calls the Hope Rose Collection, from which a portion of sales go to breast cancer research.
“Painting is my escape, therapy and passion,” Braun said at the show’s opening. “I know that I am one of the blessed, the fortunate ones — a cancer survivor.”
The exhibit will continue through early January in the resource library, which also hosts a Survivor Author Series that will feature 29-year-old writer Eric Glynn at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. Glynn wrote #KickingCancer, My Battle Told Through Social Media.
— Les Dunseith