Dubbo's Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) is playing a part in restoring the career of an artist who "withdrew from society" after witnessing a suicide.
Lismore-based Anna Nordstrom struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder for seven years before beginning to unpack her artistic talent in 2017.
Her decision to apply for inclusion in the HomeGround program at WPCC has proven to be a positive step towards reclaiming her previous status as a recognised artist.
This month Ms Nordstrom's exhibition entitled Sang Into Existence opened at WPCC where she has given the first "artist talk" since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed.
"It feels like I am re-emerging," an "excited" Ms Nordstrom told the Daily Liberal this week.
While employed as a youth worker in 2009, she experienced life-changing trauma that put her career as an artist on hold
"I had a quite severe trauma in 2009 so I withdrew from society for seven years," the now full-time artist said.
"I was showing my work everywhere and getting a bit of a name and then it happened.
"I was working as a youth worker and a very dear client decided to commit suicide in front of me."
I was working as a youth worker and a very dear client decided to commit suicide in front of me.Artist Anna Nordstrom
Ms Nordstrom considers herself almost fully recovered and hopes the subject of her exhibition can be the same.
Her new exhibition features 24 two-dimensional abstract "sculptures" of landscapes, hanging in the WPCC gallery until November 22.
They were inspired by her reaction to the "very stark" landscapes she encountered when travelling between her home and Dubbo before rain turned grass green.
The artist has used battered linoleum from the 1950s and other recycled materials to remind people "how much we have progressed from that time".
On the flip side, she is asking through her work to "slow our progression of industrialisation and the destruction of the landscape".
Ms Nordstrom has been accepted into the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize and intends to apply to other major art competitions.
She would return to WPCC in a flash because its staff were "so incredibly supportive and very professional".