Madigan loves to pay attention to the life she has and the environment she lives in . After living a dozen years on a little green river she was totally seduced by the mystery and the power of water. She painted the river ( Berowra Waters ) using mixed media on canvas and introduced silver leaf to help express the deep reflective surfaces and the sense of depth that water possesses….
From canvas, Madigan jumped onto glass and plexiglass as she was looking for other ways to capture the depth of reflection in her work that water ( and life ) possesses. She started working on the reverse side of the glass, adding & subtracting many layers to create greater depth & traces of life. She is very process driven and although she has an initial idea when starting a work, the painting takes its own course once the materials take on a life of their own. Deeply aware of the ocean’s vulnerability as climate change becomes more evident in our daily lives and also aware that to get this message of disaster out there, it is best done by creating beauty to attract conversation and then action. Her work is strong in colour, preferring a monochromatic palette to achieve a greater sense of mood, of feeling an emotional response to what is happening around her.