Adult (age 18+)

Calm is an oil painting and self portrait. I used cool colors for the background because the cool colors of the ocean also calm me. It displays the emotion I feel when I listen to “Break it Down Again” by Tears for Fears. The beat of the song energizes me and the lyrics lift me up. The lyrics speak about dreams and I have many. It’s been a long road and I’m still struggling to reach all of my dreams but I’m strong willed and patient.I was born with Marfan Syndrome and I’ve had many surgeries but I feel that I have been blessed with the ability to express myself through art. I’ve used art since I was child to cope with feeling different and being unable to participate in physical activities.I feel art helped to give me a commonalty with other children. In the painting you can see my elongated hands which is a characteristic of Marfan Syndrome. My goal is for people to see my scars and defining characteristics as something unique and beautiful instead of as something odd.

By Haley Hopper

Age: 30
Disease: Marfan Syndrome
Submissions: 2
Date: January 16, 2011
State: Kentucky