Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Kathleen Zimak

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen spent 2½ months creating this optical illusion pattern. The number of shapes is unknown, but each of the 12 colors is used an equal number of times. Her award-winning work has been selected for numerous juried shows, including the Moss International Art Exhibit, and one of Kathleen’s works is displayed in a private art gallery in England.

Full name: 
Kathleen Zimak
Artist: 
Kathleen Zimak
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Michael Koester

Location

Ashland, OR

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 tributeto Michael’s father who always had a garden which featured beautiful roses and tulips in vivid purples and yellows accented by the green stems.

Full name: 
Michael Koester
Artist: 
Michael Koester
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Digital Media

Gregory Josh Montigny

Location

West Warwick, RI

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.

Full name: 
Gregory Montigny
Artist: 
Gregory Josh Montigny
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Carl Yeager

Location

Lansdale, PA

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.

Full name: 
CArl Yeager
Artist: 
Carl Yeager
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Graphic Art Photo

Elisabeth Howell

Location

Eugene, OR

Elisabeth excelled in music and digital media authoring. She won awards for Web site design while in high school. This artwork was featured in the 2003 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Full name: 
Elisabeth Howell
Artist: 
Elisabeth Howell
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Computer Art

Kerri Braun

Location

Spring Valley, OH

Kerri is a former National Goodwill Ambassador. She continues to enjoy creating artwork and is writing a book.

Full name: 
Kerri Braun
Artist: 
Kerri Braun
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Kenneth Turner

Location

Greensboro, NC

Kenneth created artwork for more than 25 years. He taped his paintbrush to his fingers and developed a unique method of painting. Kenneth used Velcro and clamps to hold his paper or canvas onto a Lazy Susan which then turned as he painted.

Full name: 
Kenneth Turner
Artist: 
Kenneth Turner
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Chrystal Bates

Location

Las Cruces, NM

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

Full name: 
Chrystal Bates
Artist: 
Chrystal Bates
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Kelsey Seeger

Location

Albuquerque, NM

Kelsey created this artwork at age 10. She had artwork displayed at the New Mexico State Fair in 1998. Kelsey served as the 1999 MDA State Goodwill Ambassador for New Mexico.

Full name: 
Kelsey Seeger
Artist: 
Kelsey Seeger
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Amanda Aucoin

Amanda created this artwork at age 13 while attending an MDA summer camp. At that time, her hobbies included swimming and music.

Location

Berlin, MA
Full name: 
Amanda Aucoin
Artist: 
Amanda Aucoin
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

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