About the Book
In 2012, I was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that I had never even heard of called Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy. I was informed early on that I would be facing at least four eye surgeries in the years ahead. Without those surgeries, eventual loss of my vision was inevitable. Writing about the experience helped me to process and express my feelings of fear, loss, and gratitude. Finding new ways to make art kept me sane. This book is the second collection of blog entries and Facebook posts written about my ophthalmological journey and selected images in my "Abstract Collection" of digital paintings created from April 2014 through March 2015.
Cheryl Rau is a mid-life emerging artist. Since 2010, her images have been selected for numerous regional, national, and international juried exhibitions. Cheryl discovered her passion for photography in her 40s when she purchased her first SLR camera. She explored a wide range of subjects and genres including scenic landscape, architectural, and documentary photography. In addition to shooting conventional images, she was increasingly drawn to producing abstract fine art images. While recovering from eye surgery and adapting to life with altered vision, she began to experiment with digital art forms in 2013. A graduate of the photography program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, ME), Cheryl earned a bachelor of arts in Journalism & Communications from Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA). Originally from Pennsylvania, Cheryl lived in the Washington, DC area for 15 years prior to relocating to the Maine coast.