2013 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
April Gossett – Louisville, KY
I was diagnosed in 2006. I felt extremely relieved because finally I could put a name to what I had. I experienced my first symptom in 1990; right after my daughter was born. My whole right leg went numb for several weeks. About a month later I had trouble swallowing. By the time I had my visit to the doctor, all symptoms were gone. I didn’t have another symptom for 2 years or more. Over the years I’ve heard things like “It’s all in your head” or “wait and see what happens.” It was so frustrating. I’ve always been very energetic. I worked a full time job while going to school and raising a family among other things. My husband always told me to slow down and relax but I always managed to become involved in some other activity. Having MS has definitely made me slow down. It was hard to except at first but I soon realized the importance of resting, eating right and enjoying my passion for painting. It’s been a turbulent journey but with the help of my dear husband and family, I’ve learned to live and love in a whole new way.
I chose to use acrylic paint on ceramic tile as my artistic medium. I loved the way I could carry my artwork to the park and enjoy the nice weather while expressing myself. There’s nothing like it.