I make art because it immerses me in the world and quiets my mind. Because I make art, I see my environment differently. I pay closer attention to the colors, shapes and volumes around me. I find beauty.
As my life changes, so does my art. That’s particularly true because I have secondary-progressive MS – a disease that is slowly paralyzing me. Right now, my art takes three forms:
- When I was more able-bodied, I smeared watercolor paints around, enjoying the way the colors blended. (example above. I use scans of those smears above some blog posts and manipulate others in Photoshop for the mini posters I send to supporters of my monthly newsletters. (Sample)
- I learn from my left brain through creative experiments.
- I make portraits of endangered species using watercolor paints and holding the brush in my mouth. Click on the projects below to read more about that process.
If you have thoughts about art and beauty – especially if you are an artist with a disability – I’d love to hear from you!