Sandra Colis

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Sandra Colis

“What do you do when you fall down? You get up. And if you fall down again? You get up again.” I am Sandra Colis. When I was 9 years old, I had a fainting spell and awoke with a high fever. My condition was diagnosed as Tetraparesis and it left me paralized. I could only move my eyes and talk. I did not allow that challenge to dampen my spirits. I had a talent, I knew I could paint.

I wanted to gift the world with that talent. And so, I learned to use my mouth to do the things people normally do with their hands. The pictures I paint are of my favorite subjects: scenery, animals, flowers, things that make me grateful to be alive.

The beauty of the earth touches my very being and I am moved to express my gratitude for the gift of life. I cannot but help put on canvass the ethereal beauty I see in my soul. I cannot help but give voice to my talent through painting.

You may say that life dealt me a raw hand – but I don’t agree. Without the experience of paralysis, I may not have been able to discover and develop my unique talent. I now paint with my mouth. Life for me is a gift. I have so much to give.