Parkinson's has closed some doors that have caused personal heartache, but opened other doors that have given me passions I did not know existed. After my Parkinson's diagnosis about 20 years ago, I was "dared" into trying a paint-by-number and I decided to prove I could do it. After a few weeks, I realized I was able to paint and have since made about 70 paintings with water based oils. I also have another passion now for photography, which goes hand in hand with the painting. I take a photo and then paint what I see.