Posted Monday, December 4, 2006
Each of the artists is a graduate of The Heuga Center’s world-renowned CAN DO Program that teaches tools and strategies for creating a positive life with this chronic, incurable disease. Their artwork is a testimony to the impact the CAN DO Program has. The greeting cards, produced with the highest quality printing, can be viewed and purchased online. Sets of eight cards cost $20, including tax, shipping and handling.
“The diagnosis of MS hit me like being face to face with a mountain lion. I had no idea what would happen next; emotions and anxiety peaked. Yet rational decisions were essential. It felt like an all consuming life or death matter,” said Carla Keesecker, explaining her oil painting of a mountain lion on the hunt.
Keesecker, who lives in Denver, has two oil paintings featured in the greeting card package. She has been a professional artist for decades but came into her own after her diagnosis with MS and attending The Heuga Center’s five-day CAN DO Program in 2002. Carla decided to take control over her MS by retiring from her profession as an art teacher so she could devote all of her time to painting. Her work is regularly featured in judged shows throughout Colorado.
Elizabeth Jameson, an attorney in Lafayette, California, began her art career by painting images of her brightly-colored MRI brain scans on silk. It was a way to process the fact that, like most people with MS, she had been diagnosed in the prime of her life. Since then, her work has developed dramatically and is a driving passion in her life.
Ian Altman climbs mountains all over the world. And he captures each experience magnificently through the lens of his camera. MS won’t stop Ian from doing what he loves, it only makes him appreciate the trip to the top even more. The art teacher from Durango, CO, says what he learned at The Heuga Center inspires him to push his limits, and focus on life like he focuses on attaining the summit of a mountain – one step at a time.
Julie Trainum is an alumna of the 2006 Tulsa, Oklahoma CAN DO Program and calls her passion for wheel throwing, “clay therapy”. She says, “The CAN DO Program taught me how to conserve my energy and I have actually produced more pieces!” When not at the wheel, Julie works in health education and prevention with at risk youth in Tulsa, OK.
To purchase CAN DO greeting cards or to learn more about The Heuga Center’s empowering programs for people with MS and their families, please call today, 800-367-3101.