My art explores two main themes, the sea and landscape, and my experience of living with a neuropathic disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) 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.
A lot of my current work is inspired by memories and drawings of the landscape as seen from Level 5, Epworth Geelong hospital during regular stays for pain management infusions. This is a time when for many hours I can sit and really observe the sun rising, the changing colours of the sky, the passing clouds and atmospheric changes. It is also a time to reflect on many aspects of life and for 7 days this becomes a huge part of my world.
Sometimes my abstract landscapes become metaphors for the lived pain experience as often reflected in the titles; ‘Room 507’ refers to a large single room that I am often given, it has 5 huge windows and the views across the landscape are panoramic and spectacular.
I also make regular sketches of The Grampians Ranges from One Tree Hill, Ararat. The extremes of weather reveal the power of nature that is beyond our control; the rain and mists that sweep across the mountains or the heat hazes that bathe everything in a warm filtered light are a constant fascination.
Every time I visit this hill I feel a sense of clarity, aliveness and a reconnection with the senses.
When I return to my studio I use drawings, photos and memories as a catalyst for new work. The drawings act as a physical connection to the moments experienced but I let my art materials and my mood guide the work. I enjoy printing unique states because I find this fosters my sense of experimentation and keeps the work lively and the process exciting.
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.