Wilma Bulkin Siegel, M.D. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and received her medical degree in 1962 at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She has had a distinguished career as a prominent Oncologist in New York City. In her career she was a pioneer establishing one of the first Hospices in the state of New York and one of the first to accept AIDS patients. In the capacity of Medical Director of that Hospice she was asked to give her expertise on AIDS to the Presidential Commission in Washington. Following her retirement she combined medicine with her other childhood career target, painting. She has become an award-winning artist recognized nationally for her series of people living with AIDS. In April 2009 she was awarded the highest honor for her contribution to the field of arts in Healthcare “Janice Palmer Award of Society of Arts in Healthcare”.
As a physician and an artist, I use my medical education and my art to find ways of healing people. It is my purpose in life to heal; in whatever way I can play a role, I wish to have people think about our place as individuals living amongst each other. Through my work as a doctor and a portrait artist I must address the “truth” of the individual. I observe and I listen to the person before me. As an artist, I choose to paint individuals who have something to say about pertinent social issues – a kind of “social realism”. Watercolor: I study my brush stroke before I put it down. It is a very studied brush stroke.
The human being is my inspiration. As I always do, I paint people because to me the human being is a wonder of nature and I love the human condition. What a marvel our body and mind and soul can produce in this world. First Life which is a true miracle and something to cherish and love and from that life we have produced our modern world of technology to be able to explore and communicate. With our marvelous brain and hand and heart, all of which makes us human, we can produce beauty in all the arts. We can also destroy and it seems we are forever in the battle of life and death. It is inevitable that all life will die and nature (whatever that is) is the controlling factor. It has been my choice to heal others in my profession as a physician and it seems that this choice of healing also is present in my art.
The Art of Living Gallery
Art and Medicine in The Sunshine State AMS Production Group Nov 4, 2008.
DAVID AND DAVID JR. KELLERMAN