What is really staggering about this painting is that it was done by a woman that was. From the Neck Down, an Oral Artist. A bit of her staggering story follows and more is found on line. Considering how this woman overcame the challenges that faced her at a young age and conquered the ability to be amazingly productive with her life regardless to her situation is a blessing and a lesson to us all.Its a sweet little painting but rare indeed to have been done by such a noble woman. One of Peggy's Name Labels is on the back of this to help solidify that this is indeed her original work of art. Peggy Ann Mc McCormack was born June 20, 1936 in Henly, Texas. It was within the Great Depression years and the family left Texas to move to the hills of Arkansas where land was cheap and farmland with a house could supply a garden and warmth for the family. Peggy was 9 years old. She had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Her parents were Charles William and Isabell Rose McCormack. The small farm they chose was just outside of Elkins, Arkansas. In 1952 at the age of 16 Peggy developed bulbar poliomyelitis, a condition that often produced permanent paralysis from the neck downward. This was the height of the poliomyelitis epidemic and at that time there were no vaccines or any known cure for the disease. Peggy was admitted to Fayetteville City Hospital cyanotic and in a coma. Hall immediately placed her in an artificial respirator an iron lung, a metal tube long enough to accommodate persons lying on their backs with heads extended outside.
The tube was air tight with an electricity-powered bellows, which created positive and negative pressure within the iron lung to produce respiration. A mirror was attached to the frame to allow visual contact with visitors.Peggy lived in the iron lung thereafter except for a span of perhaps 2 hours each day. Outside of the iron lung she used an airtight chest respirator or rocking bed. Hall continued to see her and remained her physician and life long friend. After Peggy was stabilized she was sent to hospitals or rehabilitation institutions in Fort Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas; Houston, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska and Hot Springs Georgia.
It was in Omaha at the age of 18 that the nursing staff showed her how to hold in her teeth a paintbrush attached to a long stick. She then maneuvered it with her tongue to draw or paint, a skill she further developed throughout her life.
Her proficiency and artistic skill eventually led to earning a living with her paintings. These included small animal pictures on wood, landscapes and portraits. As electric typewriters came on the market, Peggy used the same stick-technique to tap keys to write poetry and children stories. Her book of poetry, My Spirit is FreeReflections From an Iron Lung was published and copyrighted in 1981.Peggy lived a productive, happy and successful life in spite of her confinement and immobility. She was admired and loved for her bright outlook and encouraging nature. Visitors easily ceased to see the respirator.
Her life that could have been dreary and despairing was centered instead on others. Faith in her God gave her an inner peace and acceptance of her physical limitations.
Her radiant smile and genuine interest in people and life gave her many visitors a strong feeling that life could be good no matter the circumstance. The story of this amazing woman of courage and compassion continues to influence others today. Peggy McCormack died on May 21, 1983 one month before her 47th birthday.Can you imagine creating something this beautiful with that type of daunting. Peggy is forever remembered in the Arkansas Country Doctor Museum in Lincoln, AK. My descriptions are solely there to assist buyers finding the items and are not a guaranteed accurate description of the item in all cases.
If you do need information I have neglected to include, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. The item "RARE FINE O/B LANDSCAPE PAINTING ARIZONA SAGUARO by PEGGY ANN McCORMACK ORAL ART" is in sale since Wednesday, November 4, 2020.This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "mstiques" and is located in Bernalillo, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation, Cayman islands.