BRUSH STROKE: Art Opens Communication

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In 2008, ISU professor Steve Nissen suffered a stroke which paralyzed his right side. He is now unable to speak or write.

His daughter Lyndsey returned from California with her art degree to be with her dad and help him recover. She had an idea, maybe he could soften the depression he experienced after the stroke by painting on canvas.

His artwork surprised his family and friends. He has taken to communicating about his stroke on canvas. Now, Nissen has assembled his work into a show.

“I was really surprised from the moment he started painting, what he was coming up with,” says Lyndsey. Her surprise stemmed from the fact, her dad had no formal art training.

Steve's wife Holly was also surprised, “I was shocked because he's doing it with his left hand, which was his non-dominate hand.”

Steve Nissen hosts a show of his artwork Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Design on Main. It is free and open to the public.