Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Vickie Graham

Location

Elkhorn, WI

Vickie was an equestrian who loved the outdoors. This leaf collage was donated in her memory to the MDA Art Collection by Archer D. Huott, an MDA clinic director.

Full name: 
Vickie Graham
Artist: 
Vickie Graham
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Collage

George Johnson

Location

Gay, WV

An accomplished artist, George exhibited and sold his artwork in several states. He designed and manufactured a device to support his painting materials, which allowed him to continue painting as his disease progressed. George received the MDA Personal Achievement Award for West Virginia in 1999.

Full name: 
George Johnson
Artist: 
George Johnson
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Shirlene Robinson

Location

Moundsville, WV

Shirlene began painting in 1979, using her favorite medium, watercolor. Her work was exhibited locally at the Mound Museum.

Full name: 
Shirlene Robinson
Artist: 
Shirlene Robinson
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Nancy Gilbert

Location

Katy, TX

Nancy studied art in Europe and the Houston area. She was a member of the National Society of Artists, and received numerous awards and prizes in juried shows and exhibits.

Full name: 
Nancy Gilbert
Artist: 
Nancy Gilbert
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Oil

Gay Lauritzen-Appleberry

Location

Fairview, UT

Gay received a B.S. degree from Utah State University and an M.A. in art education from Brigham Young University. She worked in the film industry for 12 years as an artist and set decorator. This artwork was created when Gay’s neck muscles began to weaken. The bent neck expresses what was happening to her body.

Full name: 
Gay Lauritzen-Appleberry
Artist: 
Gay Lauritzen-Appleberry
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Digital Media

Harry Taylor

Location

Ogden, UT

Harry was an accomplished artist in various mediums. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in graphic design. Harry’s works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, and several pieces have been seen internationally.

Full name: 
Harry Taylor
Artist: 
Harry Taylor
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Wood Carving

Erin Worsham

Location

Nashville, TN

Erin is a former actress and singer. She uses a computer with special software that allows her to write and create artwork via a sensor taped to her forehead. This artwork was created using the Microsoft Paint program.

Full name: 
Erin Worsham
Artist: 
Erin Worsham
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Digital Media

Angelo Sciulli

Location

Lancaster, SC

Angelo became a nature and wildlife photographer and writer in 1997. A year later, he received a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but has continued to travel and publish marvelous works. His magazine photo credits include Nature Photographer, Natural History and MDA’s Quest.

Full name: 
Angelo Sciulli
Artist: 
Angelo Sciulli
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Photograph

Dorothy O'Brien

Location

Corvalles, OR

Dorothy received a master’s degree in library science and has retired from her career of 25 years as a medical librarian. She has been painting off and on for 20 years. Dorothy was the Oregon state recipient of the Robert Ross MDA Personal Achievement Award in 2008. In addition to painting, her hobbies include reading and researching medical questions.

Full name: 
Dorothy O'Brien
Artist: 
Dorothy O'Brien
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Susan Robertson

Location

Hope Mills, NC

Susan worked 25 years as an X-ray technician. She began painting after receiving the diagnosis of ALS. Susan also collected postcards from countries around the world.

Full name: 
Susan Robertson
Artist: 
Susan Robertson
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Oil

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