Art for Parkinsons
I was born with artistic ability, but it only surfaced periodically throughout my adult life. This changed when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005. By 2009, mounting symptoms forced me into retirement, which sparked my personal journey of becoming an artist through painting.
My soul is inspired by nature's beauty, which drives my interest in painting landscapes. I started reading books on how to paint them and even took a few lessons to develop the necessary skills.
I realized that one can be taught painting skills, but to become a true landscape artist, one must develop a knowledge of the natural world, which can only be obtained over time. Instructors and books cannot teach the patterns in ocean waves, or how the mood of clouds change during a day; these are learned through observation and experience.
Over time, I discovered which elements in a scene trigger an emotional response, and now I express this nuance through my brushstrokes. To captivate a viewer's interest the artist must paint with feeling. Without it, his work is only paint on a canvas. I was given a talent and have decided to use it to help find a cure for Parkinson's. A portion of each painting sold will be contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Please join me in the fight through the purchase of my artwork.
-- Frederick Coxen, Painting with Parkinson's