2011 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Marsha Tarlow-Steinberg – Lawrence, N.Y.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “you gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face – you must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
What could be more “life-changing” and threatening than a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis? To live a creative life we must lose the fear of being wrong – also have the courage to persevere. I am an oil painter – an impressionist.
I believe my paintings speak on a level that makes the viewer feel good. My art is peaceful; inspiring in me a feeling of serenity that I like to pass on. I find great strength in nature. It teaches one to carry on – to keep going forward even when you are tired. The next season is just around the corner bringing with it all the joy. Fatigue is my enemy and I fight it every day. So far I am winning!
I was born in NYC and I am mostly a self-taught artist. My studio, which I have maintained for over 26 years, is located in an art school. Painting with the children is a gift.
When I was diagnosed with MS, I was terrified that I would not be able to paint. Painting to me is like breathing. It is what I do to stay alive – my hand and my heart get together and there is magic. So I have learned to endure and have gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given. Painting is the diary of my life.
Fence in England