Painter’s Adoration: Local Artist Struggling from Parkinson’s Disease Recognized
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Being diagnosed with an incurable disorder could be devastating news. But for one man, he tries to focus instead on one of his favorite activities and is now getting recognized for it.
“When I see a blank canvas, I imagine a beautiful scene of western Colorado,” said Joe Jones, painter. “I try and paint it as faithful as I can.”
After a 45 year hiatus from painting, he's picking up his beloved tool once again.
“Most to my surprise most of the work I do now is better than before I quit painting,” said Jones.
This time around however, he's struggling from Parkinson’s disease.
“I can't write anything anymore. It’s just scribbles,” said Jones. “The hardest thing to do is to sign it, when I get done painting it.”
Nearly five years ago, Jones was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder but it's not stopping him from painting three hours sessions, three times a week.
Jones uses hikes as his therapy, that's doctor’s orders. However, along these trails he finds his muses and goes from there.
“God does this beautiful work,” said Jones. “I try and copy his work. I don’t do as good as a job as he does, but I sure do like copying it.”
Now, you could find his artwork in American Furniture Warehouses all across Colorado.
Jones says it's not because of his fight against his disorder that sparked this company interests, but simply, the fact that all his work is hand painted.
“Most of the artists they have are photographers,” said Jones. “They don't have many people doing fine arts.”
Whether he sells out or not, he's just hoping to be an inspiration to others.
“Just because you have a disease doesn't mean you can’t keep living,” said Jones. “Keep being productive. I can’t speak very clearly anymore but I can still be productive.”
And he sure can still paint.
You can also find his work at his shop called "Rock n Art.” It’s located on U.S. 50 here in Grand Junction.