I became involved with the Branch Out Neurological Foundation (BONF) when I learned about the neurological research that they fund. I was paired with Nicole Grant and her research project into MS. This is an area of personal interest because of friends dealing with this condition. I spoke with Nicole to learn more about the focus of her project and that she was accepted into a masters program because of her research. What an amazing outcome of the support she had received. Before I began developing concepts for my painting, I felt that I needed to better understand what lived experience is like for someone with MS. I booked a walk with Katya, a young woman I know diagnosed with MS where I was able to ask her a number of questions. This was an opportunity that got to the heart of why I believe what BONF does is so important, to understand and improve the quality of life for those living with neurological conditions. I asked the same question of both Nicole and Katya, “when you think about MS are there any visuals that come to mind”? Both responded with similar themes of light and dark or shades of gray. I took this as my starting point for the painting. I ultimately chose to paint a portrait of Katya using a technique where only soft edges were used for the image. This was meant to represent the demyelination of the nerve sheath that hinders the transmission of nerve impulses in MS.