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Don't Miss: Painter overcomes challenges
to remain an 'Artist Always'

"Artist Always," an exhibit by Erin Brady Worsham, will be on display on the second floor of the University Hospital's main corridor Feb. 14-April 13.

(Courtesy Gifts Of Art)

Created by Worsham, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient, the show is composed of eight computer-generated prints. Although confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a respirator and feeding tubes, Worsham continues to create wonderful, inspirational and amazing art.

Trained as a classical artist and actress before her diagnosis, Worsham has traded her oils, acrylic and watercolor for the Liberator—special software that allows her to interface with a computer and move the mouse. She spends hours designing and creating "electronic paintings," using a different medium to convey design and color.

As a result of her diagnosis, Worsham's themes are relevant to her changed environment, and her use of perspective concentrates on the paintings' central characters.

In 1997, Worsham began using a ventilator, which helped her "rediscover freedom and keep living," she says.

As part of her new determination, she began drawing again, with each new picture taking anywhere from 60 to 200 hours to complete.

Because ALS makes it physically difficult to laugh, Worsham has transferred much of her humor into her work, making plays on words and adding surprises to her paintings to entice viewers and cause them to think twice about what they are seeing.

For example, in "Mind, Body, Spirit," three women are shown in three different outfits, but only after some perusal does the viewer notice that the subjects are in wheelchairs.

In other words, rather than focus on disabilities, Worsham hopes viewers of her work can look at people's abilities.

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