Women living with multiple sclerosis (MS) say they have discovered art is "a distraction technique" that means they are in control of a painful condition.
Members of the MS Therapy Centre Beds and Northants said painting helped them cope with symptoms and "uplift" them.
Hannah Clayson, 32, from Northampton said art was a way of representing her "frustrations, confusion and anger" after being diagnosed aged 24.
The Bedford-based charity said it aimed to improve wellbeing and mental health.
MS is a neurological condition which affects the brain and spinal cord and can lead to serious disability.
Miss Clayson said she painted to show the "chaos" of her symptoms and it "represents my frustrations, confusion, anger of being diagnosed, and entering the unknown".
"It is a massive distraction that has given me confidence."
Mandy Knight, 59, from Rushden, Northamptonshire, was diagnosed in 2000 and her symptoms include mobility problems, numbness and peripheral nerve pain.
"Painting is a form of distraction technique. I'm fine if I'm working but when I stop, the pain kicks in.
"Working with colours is so absorbing - your brain doesn't have space to take anything else on.
"It won't take the pain away, but it definitely uplifts and gives positivity of mind."
Sally Morris, 71, from Ampthill, Bedfordshire, was diagnosed in 1994 and at times is unable to move.
"With art, you are in control. If you are tired, you can go back to it," she said.
"It is mind over matter, it makes you believe - I don't want to give in."
Dr Kay Taylor, chairwoman of the centre's trustees, said: "When we ran an art exhibition last year it made us realise how our community is interested in art and use it as a therapy for their wellbeing and mental health.
"This has continued with an art sale, that many of our members have donated work to, to generate funds and awareness of the condition and the therapies available at our centre."