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Participant Information

Lorin Zechiel

City:
Fountain Valley
State:
CA
Country:
USA
Essay:

The physical and emotional effects of Parkinson's disease are changing my life daily. Staying active with watercolor painting, fellow artists, and art collectors has been a stabilizing force which has helped me feel that I still have something to contribute.

I must be willing to make changes to remain competitive in the art world. To meet this challenge I am making two changes in my art work.

First, I am adapting my painting style to allow for less intricate detail. I am working hard to see shapes and patterns of objects and how the light hits them. I am seeking to simplify my paintings, letting the viewer's mind fill in the details.

Second, I am attempting to train my left hand, which has less tremor, for necessary detail work. I am thankful to report that I am beginning to see some results in these changes. I have won more awards in 2005 then any other single year. Every day I can hold a paint brush is a good day.