2016 MSAA MS Ability Art Showcase Artist of the Month

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Karen Bloom – Kendallville, IN

I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and was a paraplegic within a year. Because my legs were affected so drastically, I expected the same of my arms/hands and sold my piano and gave away all of my oil painting supplies and most of the artwork I loved. I received a service dog a year ago and began venturing back out into the world – and taking risks, including trying painting again. It turns out I should not have given up on my artwork for over six years. My hands are still mine!

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