(Still needs tweaking and updating – more to come!)
I first got back into my art again when I was mostly spending days with Mike at the nursing home. I suppose we got a taste of what it would be like if we had made it til we were old and grey. As his voice got weaker, it was more about spending time together in silence. We would hang out in the garden while I painted and he read. I also started these sketches below as a way of coping with each change in Mike’s body as his disease progressed, using a Gray’s Anatomy book for inspiration.
This was a series I started after Mike passed. I tracked down a real skeleton and had a photoshoot with the lovely Esmay for some inspiration for my pieces. (Special thanks to Skullduggery by Clay for letting me!) The inspiration for the seemingly lifeless skeleton and the exploding colours was to capture the different stages of grief. The parts where it seems to capture you into a bubble and you feel as though life has stopped, but the pain and raw emotion is what keeps it very real (and surreal) at the same time.