Disabilities shouldn’t stop a person from doing things. That’s a message both spoken and lived by artist Marrie Bottelson at Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI) in St. Louis Park.
“If you have a disability, you can do whatever you want, as long as you put your heart and mind to it,” said Bottelson, who has Athetoid cerebral palsy, a disability that causes involuntary movements, or lack of muscle control.
As she has said, so she has done. Bottelson worked with staff at PRI to start a business, create a website, and sell her artwork. Her canvas drawn creations are applied to items such as keychains, T-shirts, magnets and bags to sell. Often painting animals and nature scenes, she also makes cards. The nonprofit program provides a studio, equipment, paint and brushes and Bottelson supplies the canvas material. Finished products are sold at local art shows and online.