My art explores two themes, the sea and landscape, and my experience of living with a neuropathic disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which I developed in 2008; the inability of words to express the lived pain experience is the catalyst for my Art About Pain series of work.
I am aware of contrasting ideas between the two themes, one being a longing for a safe and peaceful place (i.e. no pain), the other being the search for a way to express what it is like living with pain 24 hours, 7 days a week which can vary from mild to severe in a flash and can derail you physically and emotionally.
Sometimes my sea and landscapes become metaphors for the lived pain experience, otherwise the theme of pain is expressed in purely abstract works.
Regular trips to hospital in Geelong for 5 day periods to help manage my pain have resulted in numerous observations and sketches of Corio Bay and the the surrounding landscape, these have become a regular source of inspiration for my art. The variations of atmosphere, the sky, the play of light on the water and the industrial side of the harbour are a key focus.
I work in my home based studio in Ararat, the internet serves as a means of social interaction and feedback with other artists and is invaluable. The support and feedback I receive from my husband John Eagle is also an important part of my creative development.