Artist Kim Leutwyler came to appreciate a medium of a different kind when she came to Royal North Shore stricken with carpal tunnel.
It was a crucial time for the emerging painter, who was trying to finalise her submission to the 2019 Archibald Prize.
Her piece, featuring Ghanaian-Chinese, openly queer actor, broadcaster, television producer, writer and DJ Faustina Agolley was "90 per cent done" when the pain became too much.
"When I was painting her hair, her hair is quite detailed, my fingers started going so numb during the day whereas it previously used to bother me at night," Kim said.
"It was permanent tingles throughout the day and shooting pain, which is when I knew I just had to stop."
Kim succumbed to the pain and downed tools for close to three months, but she was determined to finish.
Enter hand, wrist and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr James Ledgard.
James operated on Kim’s favoured right hand first, giving her the best chance at recovering in time to finish her submission. Her left hand would be revisited at a later date.
Kim recovered well from the surgery and was able to finalise her submission with the help of James’ healing hands.
"It was a huge relief (to submit the painting) but even more of a relief to not have carpal tunnel anymore in my right hand," she said.