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Becky Schroeder | #MFBArt14

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Frankie   SOLD
$125
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My Blue Butterfly
$100

For more information or to purchase art, email artshow@maryfreebed.com.

Becky's Story

Mary Free Bed Guild 2012 Art Exhibit, Becky Schroeder, Artist

I was born in 1975 with spastic cerebral palsy. As a result, I have little control over my hands and arms and am confined to a wheelchair. I am so near sighted that I am legally blind and my spastic face and chest muscles make speech difficult for me. My head is the only part of my body I can dependably control.

I have always been interested in art and have tried many forms and methods. Even when I was successful in achieving the image I desired, creating art was frustrating and tiring because it was so difficult with my spastic muscles.

Surgery to install a Baclofen infusion pump resulted in a significant reduction in my spasticity. I was delighted to learn that I could now paint using my own fingerprints, although sometimes I need assistance to hold my arm in place so I can put my fingers exactly where I want them. I began taking art classes and learned to paint with head gear. I was glad I had the head gear to use when I lost my ability to make my fingers work well enough to do finger paint art.  

With a computer and some assistance from my knowledgeable and caring staff, I am able to create designs that can be applied to items that I hope are found to be attractive and useful, such as note cards, greeting cards, baby bath wraps, household linens and kitchen hand towels. I sell these products, as well as my paintings, through my business, BRIGHT IDEAS from Becky.

I have a sewing machine that has been equipped with a switch that I can operate with my head. I do as much of the sewing as I am able on the products I sell. For larger items and larger orders, I rely on my staff. My contribution to each item is the art that I apply.

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