This recently completed series of 5 mixed media paintings on my hip replacement was featured in the Spring 2021 Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.
Here’s a bit of background on that series of paintings:
In 2009, I had a paddling accident on the ocean where my left hip was partially dislocated, which caused traumatic arthritis in the joint. Unfortunately, in the years following the accident, I also suffered several severe bouts of pneumonia, which necessarily became the focus of my recovery. I limped on the leg throughout this time and caused further problems in my left knee and foot.
In more recent years, I have been able to address these injuries in a series of surgeries on my left leg, culminating with a full hip replacement in December 2019, and have fully recovered to pre-accident health. During post-surgery rehab in 2020, I started this series of 5 paintings to depict what the journey was like for me from constant daily pain to a full recovery.