Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Portrait of Jerry Lewis

Chrystal has studied commercial and fine art, taught art classes and worked as a medical secretary.  Her hobbies include music, sewing and exploring geneology.

Pinkflower

Mark has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, and is certified in computer programming.  His hobbies include computer design and public speaking.  Mark volunteers for MDA in the Chicago suburbs area.

Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

Artist: 

Ronald was a self-taught artist whose work received numerous awards in area art fairs. He artistically captured an early morning scene in Baxter State Park in northwestern Maine.  Ronald was a former member of the Maine Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.  He received the 1997 Maine MDA State Personal Achievement Award.

Parrot in a Berry Bush

Steven created this artwork at age 10 while attending the 1999 MDA summer camp at Heber, Ariz.  His favorite hobbies include drawing, swimming and riding horses.

Oh Bug Where Are You

Artist: 

Renée has degrees in liberal studies and early childhood education.  Her interests include reading, scrapbooking and tutoring children.  She also is training her yellow lab for a service dog.

My Fathers Tulips

Michael worked as a commercial illustrator for many years, but is now creating fine art.  Some of his works have been exhibited at local shows as well as the Jackson County (Ore.) Courthouse.  This painting is a tribute to Michael’s father who always had a garden which featured beautiful roses and tulips in vivid purples and yellows accented by the green stems.

Miss Millie

Brent specialized in portraits of animals and for several years had his own business, "Pastels by Brent."  Unfortunately, in recent years he was not able to paint due to diminished abilities.  After earning an associate’s degree in CAD Engineering, he worked as a tool designer for more than 10 years.

Mental Chaos

Zeenah began drawing and painting as a small child. She had artwork displayed while a student at Columbia High School.  She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  In 2006, Zeenah won an Award of Excellence in a contest sponsored by VSA arts and Volkswagen.  She owns her own Web design business.

Mamacita

Edith retired from the California Mental Health Department as a psychiatric technician in 1982.  Soon after she began painting and exhibited her works in many juried art shows and local galleries in the Payson, Ariz., area where she lived for several years.  Edith was also a published writer of poetry and short stories.

Mine

Edith retired from the California Mental Health Department as a psychiatric technician in 1982.  Soon after she began painting and exhibited her works in many juried art shows and local galleries in the Payson, Ariz., area where she lived for several years.  Edith was also a published writer of poetry and short stories.

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