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Tasmanian Artist ‘Paints from Memory’ after Macular Degeneration

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Jennifer Phillips’ vision began to deteriorate in the 1980s, before she lost all of her central vision overnight in 2004. After that, she was diagnosed with age related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness and low vision in Australia. Phillips had a family history of AMD, with her mother also living […]

Jennifer Phillips’ vision began to deteriorate in the 1980s, before she lost all of her central vision overnight in 2004.

After that, she was diagnosed with age related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness and low vision in Australia. Phillips had a family history of AMD, with her mother also living with the condition.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in people aged over 40 years in Australia. It is also referred to as AMD or ARMD.

An enthusiastic painter, Phillips has never let her vision loss keep her from her passion. Jennifer’s love of flowers and bright colours was the inspiration for her painting Summertime (see above), which featured on the front cover of Vision Australia’s 2021 calendar.

“I now paint from memory, which means there is not the fine detail of my previous paintings, however I was happy with this painting straight away,” Phillips said.

“If you’re dithering over a painting you know you’re not on the right track.”

Phillips, who lives near Launceston with her partner, is gathering inspiration in preparation to enter a new painting into the 2022 competition.

The competition is open to all artists who are blind or have low vision, with winning entries featured in Vision Australia’s 2022 large print calendars and diary.

Entries for the art competition close on Monday 31 May 31. Artists can submit their applications via the competition website.

To enter this competition, you will need to have produced an original piece of artwork within the last 12 months. The artwor,k painting or drawing should be in a landscape or horizontal format and appropriate for a decorative calendar. The final calendar will be printed A3 (297mm x 440mm).

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1.7 million Australians have some degree of macular disease. In Macula Month Jennifer Philips has a clear message “If you are over 50 get an eye test, ensure your macula is checked and know your risks.”

‘And She Shall Be’, Artist Zelma Willard-Turton, 2021 calendar winning artist.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/tasmanian-artist-paints-from-memory-after-macular-degeneration/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tasmanian-artist-paints-from-memory-after-macular-degeneration

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