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Location: Camano Island, Washington, United States

I like cheesecake, horses, sparkly pretties, and painting. I dislike listening to people chew, stalkers, and a bunch of other things. My favorite color is red.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005
Illustration Friday "SMALL"
If Wishes Were Horses III

My husband's aunt has MS for years now. It is such a terrible, crippling disease. When I first met his aunt she was in a wheel chair but could still talk, had use of her hands, and drink on her own through a straw. Over the last ten years, the disease has taken over every muscle in her body to where she can no longer hold a gaze, or control her speech. It all makes me feel very small and helpless to make her feel better- or do anything to help. But, as it turns out she was once quite an athletic horsey-girl. I obtained a few photos from my mother-in-law and created this painting inspired by her and her Morgan horse. I'm happy to say that the art gave her happiness- if even for just for a few moments.

$5 from each IF WISHES WERE HORSES III print sold is donated to to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

i hope that she rides horses in her dreams! love your illo and your writings

11:23 AM  

Nice illo and emotive history !

11:54 AM  

Hello shano. i'm just blown away by your illustrations. this week is just beautiful - it looks so peaceful, but only with the explanation do you realise how devastating it is.

I also like your "smiling" image at the start of the page; I took a look around your flickr gallery and just think you have an incredible style.

I'll be spending a bit of time in your studio now.. Thanks for sharing your work!


3:18 PM  

Very lovely! And what a sad story to go with it!

4:13 PM  

My partner and I host an MS walk every year (among many other charitable events) and have met quite a few wonderful people over the years.
I think what you are doing is awesome! More people need to realize there are others that need our help.
Absolutely fabulous piece of art!

7:59 PM  

This is a beautiful painting and a very touching story. Your paintings always have such a dreamy quality to them with deep rich colors...and this one is gorgeous!

7:13 AM  

This is beautiful. Dreamy and mystical.
You color choices are stunning!

8:31 AM  

I have to agree with Carla, there is a very rich quality in your choice of color palette. The figure is very elegant and free. Absolutely Beautiful work!

11:37 AM  

Yet another example of why I'm addicted to Shano's artwork! :-)

Shano, I sent the link to this to my ex-husband because his mother has MS and is in the same condition. It IS awful. I think this print would be a wonderful gift for her!

7:09 PM  

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