Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Fred Siwak

Location

Chelsea, MA

Fred has been painting for more than 30 years but began working on linoleum block images after receiving a diagnosis of ALS. He has exhibited his block prints in local galleries and shows, and also creates greeting cards and computer artwork.

Full name: 
Fred Siwak
Artist: 
Fred Siwak
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Linoleum Block

David Emmert

Location

Moline, IL

David received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and taught junior high school art for 13 years. Prior to his retirement, he designed layouts for landscape projects. David hasn’t painted for several years, but after receiving a diagnosis of ALS, he resumed painting his favorite subjects – landscapes.

Full name: 
David Emmert
Artist: 
David Emmert
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Oil

Lois Lewis

Location

Flossmoor, IL

Lois studied at the Cleveland Art Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University and the Chicago Theological Seminary. She was a professional artist for 40 years and participated in numerous shows in and around Chicago. Lois owned the Siol Art Gallery in Flossmoor.

Full name: 
Lois Lewis
Artist: 
Lois Lewis
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Wood Carving

Robert Harms

Location

Kailua Kona, HI

Robert’s love for painting and architecture began as a child. After moving to Hawaii in 1989, he concentrated his painting on preserving Hawaii’s heritage and style, and took as subjects churches, storefronts and beach scenes. Robert received a Hawaii state award for a magazine cover illustration of the Waioli Hui’ia Church that appeared in Kauai Business & Real Estate Magazine.

Full name: 
Robert Harms
Artist: 
Robert Harms
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Norma Margeson

Location

Marietta, GA

Norma enjoyed painting for more than 30 years. She won numerous awards at local festivals and county fairs. Her hobbies included reading, traveling and enjoying her six grandchildren.

Full name: 
Norma Margeson
Artist: 
Norma Margeson
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Oil

Maxine Meyer

Location

Glendale, AZ

Maxine attended Arizona State University and discovered a lifelong love of dancing and the arts. Signing her paintings “Tomax,” Maxine produced oils for her friends, family and collectors in several states. One of her paintings depicts the ASU Sun Devil football team and was donated to the Sun Devil Stadium Hall of Fame. “Red Rose Ascending” was completed just before Maxine passed away.

Full name: 
Maxine Meyer
Artist: 
Maxine Meyer
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Oil

Michael Bougher

Location

Benicia, CA

Michael worked as a process control system designer and project manager for several years, but is now creating photo realistic digital paintings. He is virtually a quadriplegic and used a head pointer and a switch near his cheek to finish this artwork. Michael’s interests include astrophysics, quantum mechanics, American history and bird watching.

Full name: 
Michael Bougher
Artist: 
Michael Bougher
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Digital Media

Monty Topche

Location

Lauderhill, FL

Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry. He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters. Monty won many awards, and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.

Full name: 
Monty Topche
Artist: 
Monty Topche
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Thomas Nelson

Location

Temecula, CA

Tom retired from teaching at a community college in 2000 and was looking forward to playing and performing music. Months later, he received a diagnosis of ALS. As he has lost his mobility, beginning with his feet and moving upward, Tom has made adaptations every step of the way. Now a quadriplegic, Tom blinks his eyes to communicate and draw on a computer. “Orphan” is a drawing of a child with AIDS from southern Uganda.

Full name: 
Thomas Nelson
Artist: 
Thomas Nelson
Disease: 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Medium: 
Digital Media

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Last Updated: 
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:10

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