Hi, My name is Mela Shea and I was born with Cerebral Palsy. What is Cerebral Palsy? It's a physical disability that happens when your air supply is cut off when you are being born. I spent a great deal of time trying to conceal my disability and try and pretend I was "normal". I had an interest in art from an early age, but I quickly saw that I wasn't doing art like my peers were and decided that I wasn't any good at it and that I should stop. I also have a fraternal twin sister who is not disabled and she is a quite talented artist, further amplifying my own insecurities. There were countless times that I went to art supply websites to try and buy myself supplies to start painting and talking myself out of the purchase. I even took a few art classes. Finally, I convinced myself to purchase art supplies create some paintings. I do have an Abstract Expressionist style. I think that my style and my Cerebral Palsy are connected and that's what makes my paintings unique.