2016 MSAA MS Ability Art Showcase Artist of the Month


Patricia Heller – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Diagnosed ten years ago, my life dramatically changed.

The disease itself presented unknown challenges as did leaving my 30 year career. As I have learned to manage my MS, so too have I learned to recreate my life and painting has been a BIG part of that.

Watercolors,like MS, are unpredictable. The interaction of the water and color rarely ends up looking the way I envision. So too with my MS symptoms.

As the years have gone on, I have become better at both watercoloring and handling MS. With painting, I have learned to watch the movement of the water and the paint and capture it to create the images I intend. With MS symptoms, I have learned to listen to what my body is telling me and then use everything I have learned (meditation, relaxation, exercise, stretching, drugs, and best of all, WATERCOLOR PAINTING) to manage MS.

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Poppies reaching for the sun
Poppies reaching for the sun