Diane graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in fine arts. She began painting while in college. This artwork was created in 1989 following the Loma Prieta earthquake in central California. Her work depicts the turmoil, twists and upheaval of the quake.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University and is retired from the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Her artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions in Rock Hill, Columbia, Greenville and Sumter, S.C. Karen is active in community theater and serves as a spokeswoman on disabilities and the arts.
Stephen has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University and has done p postgraduate work at Oklahoma state University. He is a member of the Professional photographers of Oklahoma and the Southwest Professional Photographers Association.
George has been working on wood sculpture for several years. This piece combines two intricate “Angel” fish mounted on white coral. George enjoys fishing for real fish, and also carves and plays wooden Native American flutes. He has donated several of the flutes to people who have respiratory problems or are recovering from a stroke.
Melecio has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico. He retired after working for more than 25 years as a pharmacist. Melecio became interested in woodworking in junior high school and is a self-taught artist specializing in watercolors. His works feature northern New Mexico churches and other native scenes, and he also creates beautiful wood vessels.
Adele was an internationally-known artist whose work has been exhibited throughout California and Nevada. She was commissioned to paint a portrait of Golda Meier which now hangs in the Golda Meier Cultural Arts Center in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Kerry began drawing as a child and took college classes in graphic communication. Her hobbies included reading and making holiday ornaments. This artwork was featured in the 1996 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.
Audrey is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist and retired art teacher. Several of her paintings are in private collections throughout the world. This painting was featured in the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.
Paul is a multitalented individual who began building models of famous ships in 1990. The HMS Bounty was one of the last ships Paul built before the disease diminished his abilities. Paul recreated the ships’ details after studying their histories and reading their blueprints. Each ship took several months to build. This model, 1/50 of the size of the original British ship, is the 200th piece donated to the MDA Art Collection.
John began painting on canvas in 1996. For many years, he worked in ceramics and exhibited his work at local fairs and the Northern Florida Ceramic Show. John also volunteered at MDA summer camps, working with the children in ceramics.