Overcoming a Major Setback: Annie Salness (Podcast)

Artist Annie Salness suffered a stroke almost 8 years ago. While many artists would have given up when faced with the trials Annie had, she met the challenge and kept moving forward.

Painting of vegetables by artist Annie Salness

©Annie Salness, Cucumber Salad. Acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12 inches. Used with permission.

It wasn’t the single challenge of learning to make art again with her non-dominant hand. Annie also had to relearn how to walk, speak, write, and drive. She’s one of the bravest and most determined people I know.

This is the story of a true artist – an artist who has something to say and is committed to making sure her voice is heard; her art seen.

In this interview, you will hear Annie talk about:

  • Her rehab and the determination to paint again – even without the use of her dominant hand.
  • The major obstacles she faces on a daily basis and how she overcomes them.
  • How she continually challenges herself (and why laughter is the best remedy to the frustration).
  • Her teaching and “watch me paint” sessions.
  • Why she wouldn’t want to return to her old self before the stroke.

©Annie Salness, work in progress.

It wasn’t easy for Annie to share her journey – many people in the same situation would have thought this process of being a guest on a podcast would be too taxing. But Annie celebrated it as yet another hurdle that would contribute to her recovery.

I hope you’re as inspired by Annie’s story as I have been over all these years. She is, without a doubt, one of my heroines.

Please enjoy listening to this conversation with Annie Salness.


Music: Keep It Simple by Wildermiss. Used with permission.
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About My Guest

Annie Salness has a degree in biomedical illustration, but found her passion at the easel. A stroke in 2010 forced her to relearn how to walk, talk, write, and paint. It also led to a life full of challenges that she continues to be grateful for. She wouldn’t want to change a thing. She lives by a guiding word: Perseverance. Follow Annie on Instagram.

Annie Salness at work in her Portland studio. Photo courtesy the artist.

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