Shana Stern – February 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We also highlight one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Shana Stern of Pacific Palisades, CA:

Painting by Shana Stern titled "Sound of Silence"
“Sound of Silence”

About the Artist:

“Unable to hold a paintbrush because of my MS, I began painting using my fingers and knuckles, rather than brushes. I paint each piece to a song — trying to interpret the feeling and movements of the dance I see in my brain. Crouched over canvas, covered in paint, lost in the music — everything else disappears. All my pain, cognitive and physical issues dissolve away into beauty and the freedom that painting affords me.

I’ve lost much to MS, but my art has given me a second chance in life. I still get to tell stories — but instead of using a pen, I now use paint.”

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

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About MSAA

As a national nonprofit organization, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a toll-free Helpline; award-winning publications including a magazine, The Motivator; website featuring educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™; a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; equipment distribution ranging from grab bars to wheelchairs; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational events and activities; MRI funding and insurance advocacy; and more. For additional information, please visit http://www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.

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