Amazing Art

Artist's Biographies

Lynn Deas.

In November 1996, Lynn was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune muscular disorder. She was deeply depressed when admitted to Northeast Center for Special Care in late March 1999. Her former life of glitz and glamour, touring the world as a four-time world bridge champion, seemed a distant past.

Gradually, she became immersed in painting, displaying a keen interest in experimentation. There was rekindled a sense of urgency as Lynn uninhibitedly mounted assaults on canvases, always knowing she could figure out resolutions to the artistic conflicts she had conjured. This intense process enabled her to produce engaging works of art while stimulating her mind.

Lynn's largest painting, "A New Beginning," is a testament to her psychological renewal as well as a metaphor for all the new artists herein represented. Lynn was discharged from Northeast Center for Special Care in late May 1999. She has resumed the bridge circuit, having already won two major tournaments. Indications are that she will be a member of the US Olympic team in 2000 and we're betting she'll lead us to the gold!

Elizabeth Smith.

Elizabeth Smith was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, 1998. She had three operations which left her with significant speech and movement deficits. Previously she had been a Social Worker and Psychotherapist.

The paralysis on her right side dictated learning to becoming a "left hander." Her first paintings were chaotic markings on paper, more notable for their energy than their structure. As time went by, however, abstract structures emerged followed by floral references.

Her paintings continued to evolve with a depth of feeling and spatial complexity. She demonstrates an astute critical acumen which is frequently observable as she backs the wheelchair, with her head cocked, away from her painting. Determined, she wheels back to create a legacy of purposefulness and beauty. Sadly Elizabeth passed away, however, she leaves a visual legacy of beauty and hope.

Vincent Aniello

Vincent Aniello, a neurobehavioral neighbor with brain trauma, has painted a number of portraits, including "Stacy". They express the intensity of Vincent's feelings rather than define the appearance of his subjects. In "Birds" Vincent chose to be influenced by another resident's tropical-oriented paintings, rather than his own drawings. However, the decisions and distinctions he made during the process of painting transformed the subject into his own unique style.
James Caffrey

Jim sustained traumatic brain injury as a result of a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident in November of 1998. Conditions unrelated to the accident required the amputation, at different time intervals, of both legs below the knees.

Frequently, loss of ambition is accompanied in one's art with images of standing figures. Jim's painted figures are standing, climbing, striding in a Giottoesque, stage-like setting where they metaphorically play out powerful human dramas.

In "Northeast Center Bus Stop", rehabilitated neighbors are awaiting their bus departure from NCSC as Jim watches from his perched position on the pole, his feet not yet firmly planted on the ground. During the time he was at NCSC, Jim conquered his loss of mobility, learning to walk with the use of prosthetic legs. He was discharged from Northeast Center for Special Care and now shares a house with two other individuals in upstate, New York close to his family.
Anthony DiFolco

Anthony is a neurobehavioral neighbor at Northeast Cneter for Special Care with traumatic brain injury as the result of an assault in 1975. His strongest art works are depictions of animals which mirror one of two salient features: his determined struggle for survival or his sense of cultural refinement.

"The Elk" mirrors the latter feature with a graceful pose situated poetically in the wilderness.
Paul Molloy

Paul decided he wanted to transfer to Northeast Center for Special Care when he saw the art studio on his first visit to the Center. He subsequently adopted the art studio as his battleground to combat cerebral palsy.

Paul, who generally painted at least twenty hours a week, has developed an abstract idiom of expression characterized by superbly handled transparent washes. Paul was discharged from NCSC and now resides in an independent residence in the Hudson Valley. He continues to make frequent visits back to the Center.

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