February Artist of the Month

MSAA’s Artist of the Month features the work of many talented artists affected by multiple sclerosis as part of our annual MSAA Art Showcase. Each month we share these artists’ inspiring stories and beautiful artwork with you as our Artist of the Month. This month, we celebrate Carmella Certion as February’s Artist of the Month. Carmella is from Philadelphia, PA.

Reine du Carnaval by Carmella Certion
“Reine du Carnaval”

About the Artist – Carmella Certion

I am an artist, gerontologist, and marriage and family therapist currently living with MS. It all began with a simple painting of a cat for my granddaughter’s room, after I gave it a mini-makeover last summer during the pandemic. I mostly paint abstracts, land, and cityscapes and I’ve only taken one class. My studio is located in my Philadelphia, PA bedroom where I mostly paint in bed due to a plethora of health challenges. I find painting relaxing and it also helps ward off depression and anxiety, which I suffer from periodically. I love to use bright colors, geometric shapes and texture in my work and my philosophy is simple: Art should be fun!”

To see more about Carmella and the rest of our artists, please visit our Art Showcase. 

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Hope Angel – January 2023 Artist of the Month

MSAA features the work of many talented artists affected by multiple sclerosis as part of our annual MSAA Art Showcase. Each month we share these artists’ inspiring stories and beautiful artwork with you as our Artist of the Month. This month, we celebrate Hope Angel as the January Artist of the Month. Hope is from Seattle, WA.

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Vanessa Willison – December 2022 Artist of the Month

Black and white photograph by MS artist Vanessa Willison entitled Snowmen
“Snowment” by Vanessa Willison

MSAA features the work of many talented artists affected by multiple sclerosis as part of our annual MSAA Art Showcase. Each month we share these artists’ inspiring stories and beautiful artwork with you as our Artist of the Month. This month, we celebrate Vanessa Willison as the December Artist of the Month. Vanessa is from Dorchester, NE.

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Eileen Figueroa – September 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Eileen Figueroa of Houston, TX:

Eileen Figueroa MS Artist's artwork of two people salsa dancing in front of a band in a painting
“Dancing Salsa”

About the Artist – Eileen Figueroa

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Hannah Garrison – August 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist and MSAA’s Improving Lives Benefit 2022 Mission Honoree Hannah Garrison of San Antonio, TX:

Hannah Garrison artwork in turquoise and orange entitled "Wonder what this is?" for MSAA's Artist of the Month
“Wonder what this is?”

About the Artist – Hannah Garrison

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Jeffrey McKeever – July 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Jeffrey McKeever of Phillipsburg, NJ:

Jeffrey McKeever artwork entitled Love on the Savannah featuring two giraffes in the wild
“Love on the Savannah”

About the Artist – Jeffrey McKeever

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David Desjardins – June 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist David Desjardins of Union, ME:

David Desjardins artwork entitled Summer Sail on the Lake as MSAA's June 2022 Artist of the Month
“Summer Sail on the Lake”

About the Artist – David Desjardins

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Andrea McCallum – May 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Andrea McCallum of Elko, NV:

Andrea McCallum artwork entitled Tranquility for MSAA's Artist of the Month blog post
“Tranquility”

About the Artist – Andrea McCallum

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Eileen Dillon – April 2022 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Eileen Dillon of Denver, CO:

Eileen Dillon artwork entitled Safe Harbor
“Safe Harbor”

About the Artist – Eileen Dillon

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Teresa Grzeslo – March 2022 Artist of the Month

MSAA is very proud to introduce our 2022 Art Showcase, celebrating the work of nearly 50 artists affected by MS.

We received many wonderful submissions from across the country and we are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you.

Each month, we highlight one artist as our Artist of the Month. This month – our first month of the 2022-23 MSAA Art Showcase – we are proud to feature artist Teresa Grzeslo of Lake Villa, IL:

“Night Sky Spectacular”

About the Artist – Teresa Grzeslo

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