2023 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Shana Stern – Pacific Palisades, CA
Thirteen years into my MS diagnosis, my daily health challenges made writing, my former profession, and dance, my favorite activity, practically impossible.
Unable to hold a paintbrush because of my MS, I created my own, unique way of painting – using only my fingers and knuckles. I paint each piece to a single song. Creating something beautiful as I use my fingers to make the paint dance across the canvas, is my way of fighting back against the daily, uncontrollable issues I have.
Crouched over canvas, covered in paint, lost in the music – everything disappears. All my pain, frustration, and physical issues dissolve as I paint.
I don’t dance on my toes anymore – but with my hands. I no longer need a pen or computer to tell stories – just paints. My art helps me find joy, purpose, and the confidence to believe in myself again.
Fortress Around Your Heart