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Sharron Newman
Stationary Motion - Acrylic on Metal

Ever since I entered a poster contest in grade school, visual arts have been an important aspect of my life. As opportunities came up in high school, college, various jobs, and places of worship, I always jumped at the chance to join art committees and help out on art projects. Upon retiring in 2012, I started experimenting with repurposing salvaged and found items into art. Just over a year later, I had a major stroke.

During emergency surgery a teaspoon of brain matter had to be scooped out of my head! Upon regaining consciousness, I discovered the stroke had taken my peripheral vision and given me a left side visual deficit. Over the next couple months, I had to relearn how to walk, do simple math, distinguish left from right, get dressed without help, and use everyday items. Adjusting to my diminished vision was the most challenging experience of my life. The Occupational Therapist encouraged me to pursue art as part of my recovery. Relying on my faith, I persevered and ultimately became so grateful to the many nurses, doctors, housekeepers, occupational/physical/speech therapists who contributed to my recovery and got me creating art once again.

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