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Participant Information

Charles Domsky


"The train has left the station and I have just been served a delicious dinner in the cafe car. The train is picking up speed so I have to eat fast so I can finish my meal before we get to the last stop and I have to get off."

That's the way Charles expresses his urgency to capture his inspirational roots on canvas and on paper before Parkinson's robs him of the ability to do so.

Charles' normal "can do" attitude, however, faced a challenge when he first confronted the onset and progression of the disease. Could he be prolific again after years of sporadic creativity? With his tremors, could he still draw?

Pursuing his artwork the way he envisioned would entail renting a studio and committing time to it within the confines of his business schedule. Would the disease prevent him from taking on this added activity?

Doubts succumbed to Charles' determination to prove that the disease would not hold him back from his dream, and with that resolve, he rented a loft studio and has been steadily drawing and painting there for four years.

Parkinson's, in effect, brought Charles back to his artwork. It has had the effect of unleashing a different perspective on his expressiveness.

Fluid movement is now a major theme in many of his watercolors and colored pencil drawings. He listens to music and visually submits his inspirations to paper. While he draws, he has a sense of bursting forth and tearing back walls. He doesn't draw a world that is closing in, but rather a world that is exploding out.

He feels like he is being led to experiment with new techniques in the use of color, texture, and form. He doesn't draw the disease. Remarkably, when he draws, he is able to conquer his tremors. When he draws, his hand is steady.