Artist with Parkinson's disease chosen for national calendar - WNEM TV 5

Artist with Parkinson's disease chosen for national calendar

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A Bay City artist is fighting back against Parkinson's disease with his paintbrush.

"Before I got diagnosed, I'm right-handed and I shook so bad I couldn't even sign my name and since then I've taught myself to draw and paint with my left hand," Pat Humphreys said.

The 47-year-old was diagnosed six years ago. Painting helps him battle the disease.

This year the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's Creativity and Parkinson's Calendar selected Humphreys' work titled "1950s Toaster with Coffee Carafe and Coffee Mug."

Humphreys is honored and thrilled that he was included in the calendar and he hopes that down the road he receives that honor again.

"I was very fortunate to get in there because there were like over 400 people applied for it and I was one of 13," he said.

He believes he is a better artist since being diagnosed.

"Because some of the marks you can get right-handed you can't get with your left hand and vice versa," Humphreys said.

Joan Szczepanski, leader of the Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson's Disease group, said she is not surprised Humphreys' work was selected.

"He showed me a lot of his work and this piece essentially was the one that was chosen of course. And I urged him to contact the national Parkinson's and the Parkinson's foundation," she said.

Humphreys has also published a number of books.

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