Keith Boswell has had Parkinson’s disease for 14 years.
With an attitude of “you’ve got to keep going”, Mr Boswell decided to attend the Painting with Parkinson’s program in Wagga.
Despite little previous artistic experience, Mr Boswell was particularly enthusiastic about watercolours.
Jude Anderson has dabbled in art, but like Mr Boswell was drawn to watercolours.
Their artworks are now being shown alongside those of others who took part in the program, which aimed to lessen the symptoms of the disease through the immersion in creative art.
Both Mr Boswell and Ms Anderson said it was not only the challenge of producing artworks in a variety of mediums that had appealed to them about the program.
“I got to meet other people with Parkinson’s,” Mr Boswell said.
Canberra artist Nancy Tingey, who started Painting with Parkinson’s, was a special guest at the opening.
Ms Tingey started Painting with Parkinson’s in 1994 to combine her role as a community artist and art curator with caring for her husband Bob, who had been diagnosed at the age of 46.
She was enthusiastic about the artworks, praising them for their “uninhibited energy”.
“Creativity is not affected by Parkinson’s,” Ms Tingey said.
The free exhibition is open from 10am to 2pm until Friday, October 12, at the Riverina Community College gallery in Murray Street.
Another Painting with Parkinson’s program, which was organised by Wagga Aged and Extended Care Services, will be held again in March 2019.
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