On Becoming Resilience and Flowers

About the Artwork

“Tears of ink roll gently down, absorbed, and we breathe in. Laughter exhales; like flowers among fawns, we breathe out. This work is part of a small series reflecting upon words from the Book of Jeremiah, upon the Buddha under the Bodhi Tree and upon the Four Immeasurables: love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Amid the excitement, passions, frustrations and joys of my days living with the new norm of a rare illness, I find strength in accepting the all of it.”

Connie Karleta Sales is a contemplative artist, poet and advocate living with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disease predominately affecting the optic nerves and spinal cord. Currently living and working in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Connie is a figurative and miniature landscape artist working predominately in mixed media and digital painting. Having limited use of her body, she paints mostly with her eyes using eye-gaze technology and by holding brushes and pens in her mouth using a mouth stick.


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