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Deborah Casteel – November 2019 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Deborah Casteel of Marysville, WA:

Mary Casteel - Red Sky at Morning

“Red Sky at Morning”

About the Artist

“When I was 26 years old, was when I first heard the words multiple sclerosis from an optician. I still didn’t paint again until like 8 years ago when I started attending an unstructured painting class, just to get me started again and see if I could paint again. I still go when I can and have met many good friends there.”

Read more and see additional works from this artist and others at mymsaa.org/artshowcase.

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Wanda Sanders-Miller – September 2019 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Wanda Sanders-Miller of Cheyenne, WY:

Wanda Sanders-Miller September MS Artist of the Month blog

“Fremont Lake”

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Melanie Paquette – August 2019 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Melanie Paquette of Spencer, MA:

Melanie Paquette August MS Artist of the Month blog

“That is the One That Got Away”

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Jaclyn Spencer – July 2019 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Jaclyn Spencer of Ogden, UT:

My Cat My Muse artwork by Jaclyn Spencer for MSAA Blog July 2019

“My Cat. My Muse”

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Hope Angel – June 2019 MS Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our MS Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Hope Angel of Hillsboro, OH:

Surfer by Hope Angel on MS Conversations blog

“Surfer”

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To the most influential people in my life

By Penelope Conway

Influential people in my life by Penelope Conway MS Conversations blogLife is a constant flow of people who come in and out of our lives. I have lost and gained many meaningful people over the years. Multiple sclerosis seems to have helped me in the weeding out process. It did that quicker than anything else I have ever faced. I’m not sure if it’s because of my constant unpredictable days or my need for help just to handle the simplest of things in life, but to the ones who have chosen to stick around, I’m forever grateful.

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Lori Keeling Campbell – May 2019 MS Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our MS Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Lori Keeling Campbell of Bozeman, MT:

Thorns To Blooms by Lori Keeling Campbell

“Thorns to Blooms”

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Natalie Shumylo – April 2019 MS Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in the annual MS Ability and Four Seasons Art Showcases, including highlighting one artist each month as our MS Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature Natalie Shumylo of West Allis, WI:

Natalie Shumylo - Running Late

“Running Late”

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February 2019 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present the final piece in our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), like Patricia (below) who is a Wisconsin artist with multiple sclerosis.

We received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the submissions…and get ready next month for a new MS Art Showcase for 2019!

Patricia Heller – Sturgeon Bay, WI
Sunlight Blossoms
February Artist of the Month Patricia Heller Sunlight Blossoms

About the Artist

Diagnosed twelve years ago, my life dramatically changed.

As the years have gone on, I have become better at both watercoloring and handling MS. With painting, I have learned to watch the movement of the water and the paint and capture it to create the images I intend. With MS symptoms, I have learned to listen to what my body is telling me and then use everything I have learned to manage MS.

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January 2019 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), like Susan (below) who is a Texas artist with multiple sclerosis.

We received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Susan Russo – Pearland, TX
Winter in Philadelphia
Susan Russo Artist of the Month Winter in Philadelphia

About the Artist

I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2001. I’m not perfect. I have rough days. I cry. I get angry. But then, I pick up a paint brush and I start to create whatever I am feeling. I get lost in a beautiful world of lines and shades and colors. The creation of something visually beautiful helps me to refocus on the fact that I am so much more than my MS.

It’s my dream to change lives through my paintings and what better way to do so but to reach out to those suffering from MS and the myriad of other diseases people battle every day. If I can bring just one moment of joy or hope to one who is hurting, then, my mission is complete.

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