Jeanette’s father took her to the Dalmar Children’s Home when she was nine-years-old.
Her brothers and sisters continued to live with her father and Jeanette has never understood why he put her in care and not her siblings. It is something that, as an adult, Jeanette is still coming to terms with.
With all the pain, rejection and dislocation, Jeanette wanted something to dull the feelings. So, she scraped together whatever money she had to buy drugs.
Jeanette is now the mother of two children, aged 13 and 9, however, her children are currently living with foster parents. She would dearly love to have them with her in the near future.
Fortunately, Jeanette has had the support of staff at Wesley Mission’s Edward Eagar Lodge. She joined the art classes run by Reclink Australia where she found resolution and her creativity really bloomed.
“I take extra care in my paintings because they are about my family," Jeanette said. "Painting lets out my emotions a bit but not so everyone else can see."
At a recent Reclink Kaleidoscope Exhibition, one of her paintings sold for $80.“I was blown away to have my paintings up on the wall. I didn’t think any of them would sell," Jeanette said. "It's really healing for me."