The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America has presented its 2020 MSAA Art Showcase — celebrating the work of artists affected by MS.

One of the artists, Leslie Pino Durant, a Belen native, submitted her artwork and was one of those selected from across the country.

Durant, who now lives in Jemez Springs with her husband, Rick, wrote in her bio:

“I rarely expressed myself as an artist for fear of being exposed as a not-so-great one. As an adult, I loved the arts through the eyes of my two children. I took them to musicals, plays, pottery classes, and encouraged them to love music, reading, writing, and performing.

“When I was diagnosed with MS, my life was difficult to manage. I didn’t have a place to go to quiet my mind and body.

“Fast forward and my children are grown, I am retired, and I wanted to express my artistic need that I didn’t feed earlier.

“I picked up an art journal and a paintbrush and with the help of online art teachers and lots of practice, I learned to paint.

Linda Pino Durant’s painting, “Sisters” is one of many paintings that are on exhibit on the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Art Showcase, which celebrates the work of artists affected by MS.

“I now have a place to go to that helps me get through fatigue, brain fog, and difficult days. Most importantly, I am proud to finally call myself an artist.”

Her work can be found at instagram.com/lesliepinodurant.art and mymsaa.org/artshowcase2020/entrants/leslie-pino-durant

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