Painting helps artist deal with illness

"I was in a coma for a week and when I woke up, I remembered a dream I had and I was determined I would recover from this debilitating disease," stated Buell.

Buell's connection to the spiritual world seemed to carry her forward and with her theory that out of everything bad comes something good, she put herself to the test to survive and find a cause to keep her going.

Buell found her therapy in painting. Through her connection to the spiritual world, she made the Native Americans the focus of her art.

With her hands crippled, Buell has found a way to hold the brush and project her thoughts on canvas in bright colors and nighttime visions.

"I want people to have hope and know that for every tragedy, sentence and prognosis, they can live what time they have giving to others, taking their minds off themselves," said Buell.

Buell believes her painting has been a way of expressing herself while giving hope not just to herself, but to others.

"I am thankful for my life events. If things had been different I wouldn't be with my soul mate (husband) Dick," said Buell.

Buell continues to paint and add to her collection. She sells some paintings and enjoys her life under the shadow of Owl Pate Mountain.

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