I am a New Zealand artist who, in August 2016, suffered a
Traumatic Brain Injury from which it has taken more than two years
For a few months I was essentially bed-ridden and barely able to
function following the injury. When I was able to move around home
more freely I began to paint again. However, my work was
dramatically different to my pre-injury style.
While I was not able to do much more than paint, it was a
wonderful way to escape from the overwhelming and complex
experience of Traumatic Brain Injury. Over these two years since
the injury I have created more than 100 paintings, which visually
explore a very personal journey through concussion.
In early 2018 I received the honour of being invited to exhibit
some of my work at the Parallax Art Fair in the Chelsea Town Hall
of London, after the organisers had seen some of my recent works
Due to the fact that I am not completely recovered from the head
injury and would not be able to make the trip on my own yet, my
adult son will accompany me. As well as the cost of flights and
accomodation, the paintings to be exhibited will be insured and
shipped separately at some cost. Therefore, I am hoping to raise
funds to be able to attend this milestone event and expand the
viewership of my art.
I am also in the process of compiling a book which showcases my
work prior to the concussion, as well as all of the paintings
through my recovery, to illustrate my experience and bring hope and
reassurance to those experiencing similar struggles.
The resources I found on recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
were all too cerebral to be of any real help and so I hope that in
making the book my visual journal may help those similarly
In addition to any aesthetic or artistic merit that a viewer may
derive from my works, the paintings examine and document the shifts
in my mental faculties through my recovery and allow the viewer a
glimpse into a rare and often hidden state of mind.