Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Wave Number 10

Morris is a former professional carpenter.  A self-taught artist, he prefers painting in oils and uses his love of nature to create landscapes and seascapes.  A wave that’s a perfect 10 is every surfer’s dream.

Winter Sepia Gold


Carl has been taking photos since 1972.  His technique has evolved from traditional film photography processes to using software for cropping, tonal control, color mixing and other effects with scanned images.  Although he uses a tracheostomy tube, Carl spends 95 percent of his field time by himself and uses a tripod to keep the camera steady.

Wheelchair Dancing

Melina has a proficiency certificate in English from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and attended the Panteion University of Athens.  She enjoys painting and sketching and has participated in a number of art exhibits.  She has also written and published literature.

Untitled - Trevor Schaid


Trevor created this artwork at age 16 at an art workshop during the summer of 1991 at MDA's Wonderland Camp at Camp Lake, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998 with a double major in English and psychology.

Untitled - Tammie Groth


Tammie created this artwork at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 15, 1993, at the Detroit Institute of Art.  Her service dog, “Ty,” accompanies her to classes at Schoolcraft College where she’s studying psychology.

Untitled - Stacey Wilson


Stacey has been painting since 1991 and also enjoys writing.  She graduated from the University of Houston with a major in accounting and is self-employed.

Untitled - Kane Urban


Kane created this artwork at age 12 in a MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 3, 1992, at the Chicago Art Institute.  He graduated with an MBA in 2005.

Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

Josh created this artwork at age 16 in an MDA-sponsored art workshop held in Providence.  He graduated from West Warwick High School and was a movie fan and football enthusiast.

Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

Gilbert created this painting at age 12 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held April 25, 1992, in San Antonio.  He is currently attending a university and taking general business courses.

Untitled - Brad Chidester

Brad was an accomplished artist and received MDA's Personal Achievement Award for Utah in 1993.  He also was a graphic artist who designed logos for Murray City, Utah, and several companies.