According to Noma Lucas of Iowa, painting has given her the pleasure of doing something she loves. Painting has also provided the opportunity for her to accept the limitations imposed by ET, make new friends and grow in self-confidence.
“I have had ET for more than 40 years, but having art in my life has been the best therapy I could have. It is truly a gift and a blessing to me. When I am painting I don’t think about the ET, though it is with me. I have learned to accept that I just do things a little differently than others, and because of that, others accept that as well,” says Noma.
Though her tremor has continued to worsen with age, Noma said that painting is wonderful therapy for her. It also has allowed her to make many good friends among the artists she associates with. Exhibitions, competitions and the classes she teaches increase her self-confidence.