Jane Domingos

For over 30 years Jane worked part-time as a freelance fine artist and graphic designer, while raising five children. Twelve years ago, she started painting in oils on a large scale. Success followed - MA Art & Design, acceptance into the Royal Academy 2011 Summer exhibition, prizes at the Nottingham Castle Open and a solo exhibition at the Tarpey Gallery.

Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She underwent immediate surgery - a right side mastectomy and reconstruction with implant, chemotherapy and a year on Herceptin. Eventually returning to work Jane found the physicality of building her own large stretchers and frames constantly challenging due to ongoing post-surgery problems. She underwent two further operations to remove encapsulated implants.

Using an AA2A placement Jane began to explore alternative prosthetics using 3D modelling techniques but in February 2020, just 2 days before the artist was due to discuss her work and ideas with a leading breast surgeon Jane found that her breast cancer had metastasised to the bone and she was hospitalised immediately. Hampered by a devastating diagnosis, hospitalisation, treatment and the onset of the Covid pandemic the project lost momentum. The most serious lesion was a compromised T11 requiring strict bed rest followed by the wearing of a brace until the effects of radiotherapy strengthened the affected vertebrae.

Jane now found herself unable to work, even at a smaller scale, and was restricted to spending a lot of time laying down. The UK was experiencing the first lockdown. The silver lining to everything that was happening - both personally andglobally - was to have the unique vantage point of observing nature undisturbed and from below up close and Jane took many photos and films from her makeshift bed in the garden.

Jane Domingos