2018 MSAA MS Ability Art Showcase Artist of the Month


Shana Stern – Los Angeles, CA

Twelve years into my MS diagnosis, my daily health challenges made writing, my former profession, practically impossible.

Unable to hold a paintbrush due to the MS, I created my own way of painting, using only my fingers and knuckles on top of and also from underneath the canvas. I paint each piece to a single song – trying to interpret the feeling and movement, onto the canvas. Crouched over the canvas, covered in paint, lost in the music and the painting that’s evolving – everything else disappears. All my pain, frustration & physical issues dissolve away into beauty and the freedom painting provides me with.

I’m incredibly grateful to MSAA for being champions for people with MS – and for artists with MS! We get knocked down often – we have to work harder – but we are capable of great and beautiful things! I have MS – but what I am, is an artist.

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