A New Day, A New Beginning
31 Aug 2015
This beautiful painting on stretched canvas (150cm high, 95 cm wide) will be auctioned at the Gala Dinner this Friday night. It has been donated by Sydney artist Lynnette Gould and was exhibited in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is valued at $4,700 (reserve of $1,800).
“I thought I should tell you a little about the story behind my painting ‘A New Day, A New Beginning’.
“This painting was my entry in the Wynne Landscape Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and was exhibited in the ‘Real Refuse’. It is very special to me.
“My donation is to say thank you to the Save Sight Institute, who has and continues to help save my sight.
“In 2006 (in the final weeks of my original Master’s Degree), I had a stroke reaction to a prescription arthritis injection. For many months, I lost my sight and was in a wheelchair.
“As my sight returned I was left with nystagmus, and although it has now been five years and the nystagmus has begun to ‘slow down’, I still struggle to read as the words ‘meander across the page like ants’. Ironically, I originally earnt my living as a writer. At the time I also exhibited my paintings with a gallery in Paddington and my etchings with a gallery in Woollahra. I have spent years learning how to walk again.
“When I lost my sight for that period in 2006, I was bluntly told by a young eye doctor that I would not get my sight back. An occupational therapist told me that, despite having studied art and painted for decades, I would have to learn to do something else.
“When I was in the rehabilitation hospital, I was determined not to let this happen. I am an artist. That is who I am. I arranged for a day leave to go and visit the Save Sight Institute. I had tests and which gave me hope. Despite having already achieved a degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in fine arts, as my sight returned my colour perception evolved and my vision spun. I missed my art desperately and started sculpting in clay. I went back to TAFE to study and retrain as an artist. Two years ago I returned to the University of New South Wales to undertake a second Master’s Degree. I am once again drawing, painting and now sculpting.
“I realise, in many instances, it is not possible for people to regain sight. However, my experience has taught me so much both about myself and about my passion. I want to share the beauty that I see with others.
“My experience has also demonstrated that the skill, talent, dedication and encouragement of wonderful doctors at the Save Sight Institute can make such a difference to a person’s life.
“They have not only operated on my eyes, but have supported me and encouraged me with my studies (I was awarded a Vision Australia Tertiary Education Bursary which provided the adaptive technology which enabled me to return to my studies). When I needed it most, they gave me hope.
“This painting, ‘A New Day, A New Beginning’ is my way of sharing the beauty that I see. It is my way of saying thank you.”