Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Russell Hammond

Location

San Antonio, TX

Russell created this painting at age 15 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop. While a student at Lackland Air Force Base High School, he enjoyed playing junior varsity basketball.

Full name: 
Russell Hammond
Artist: 
Russell Hammond
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Pastels

Shawna Borman

Location

Mesquite, TX

Shawna created this artwork at age 6 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is a former MDA Goodwill Ambassador for the Dallas area. Shawna enjoys drawing, painting and collecting Barbie dolls.

Full name: 
Shawna Borman
Artist: 
Shawna Borman
Medium: 
Acrylic

Ashley Dabbs

Ashley began painting seriously in 1982. His artwork has been exhibited in many galleries in Tennessee, including the Parthenon Gallery in Nashville.

Location

Madison, TN
Full name: 
Ashley Dabbs
Artist: 
Ashley Dabbs
Medium: 
Oil

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
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
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
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
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
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
Medium: 
Mixed Media

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