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Smiling sun Joan draws on her imagination!


Joan from New York, USA writes:

"After I was diagnosed with MS in 1993 I found myself with time at home alone, struggling with all the new physical disabilities (or what I thought of as disabilities at the time). I began to draw. Not like any other drawings I had ever done before. Because my eyesight was so 'off and on' I had to let go and 'go outside the lines', if you will. A whole new style was created. My imagination soared. I also began to work with clay. When my eyes were at their worst, I could 'feel' instead of relying on my eyes. It seems strange to say that MS has helped me, but I never would have become so creative in my work, if not for my MS.

Joan

"I come from a very musically talented family. My five brothers and sisters have all performed music in one way or another, from Opera to Bluegrass. My three children have picked up this love of and talent for music. When music plays (as it does often in our home) I draw. My drawings are the result of my family's love of music. While the music plays the notes, the tunes, the feelings , flow through my old ink pen onto the drawing pad. As long as the music plays, I'll be drawing it!"

Click on each image to see a bigger picture. We have had to reduce the quality of Joan's drawings to put them on the web, and a lot of the detail has been lost. For a better scan, contact Joan and she will send you a high-quality picture via email.

You can purchase prints of Joan's work at $10.00 each plus $3.75 shipping and handling. The prints are 11"x17" in size. Joan regrets that due to costs she can only ship within the US.

If you would like to speak with Joan, or if you are interested in purchasing any of her work, email Joan at JoanHerendeen@gmail.com.



Hand of MS

Hand of MS

This drawing was done as an explanation for my kids. At the time they wanted to know just exactly how my hand felt: spider web crawly feelings, prickly sharp, hot on fire, sleepy numb, weird tingly, etc.

Wings

Wings

Guitar Garden

Guitar Garden

Summer Jam

Summer Jam

Tree Tree

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