2014 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants

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Laura Patchen – Pittsford, NY

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November of 1998. At the time, my daughters were just 8, 10 and 13, and I had a flourishing career as a speech-language pathologist in private practice. I feared that my life would change, and it has, but not quite in the ways I thought it would. I had to stop working in 2005, due to physical and cognitive limitations. It was difficult to give up something I loved to do, but eventually, I’ve found other things, including painting. The “Alma Mater” is the building my speech classes were held in….a wink to the past, and a fond memory. The Italian Villa was created after a trip to Italy to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2008. I had to use a scooter for much of the time, but it didn’t dampen my spirits. The Old Stone Church was a spot in Maine, where the peacefulness of the church set on the edge of a bay was inspiring to me. Life goes on, MS causes changes, but being able to document important memories in acrylics helps me cope.


Alma Mater
Alma Mater - Artwork

The Italian Villa
The Italian Villa - Artwork

The Old Stone Church
The Old Stone Church - Artwork