These three illustrations are visual responses to a book of poems titled,
“Chapter & Illuminating Verse: Helping to Throw Light on
Parkinson’s Disease” (2011) by Ray Wegrzyn and Becky Hurd. Ray is the
Founder and Chairman of the charity, Parkinson’s Equip, which enhance
the quality of life through involvement in arts and sports activity.
I met Ray Wegrzyn, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 39.
Ray is the Founder and Chairman of the charity- ‘Parkinson’s Equip’,
which enhance the quality of life through involvement in arts and sports
activity. Also, Ray is one of the most inspiring and positive people, I
have ever met. After being forced to retire due to health problems, he
started to learn the saxophone and co-wrote and published a book of poetry
about living with Parkinson’s disease.
Through my images, I aimed to communicate empathy towards the condition
from the audience. My illustrations highlight the main symptoms of
Parkinson’s, which are the tremor, slowness of movement, muscle stiffness.
Often people with Parkinson’s have problems with balance, handwriting,
speech and their voices. My aim was to show that Parkinson’s disease can
make harder and less safe the activities of daily living, like eating,
speaking, walking and sleeping.
I felt privileged to create images in response to these poems and try to
raise awareness of this issue. As a student, studying Illustration, the
aesthetic form of images is important for me, but I feel most strongly that
creating pictures has a “meaning” or “purpose”, which, should be
the goal of any illustrator.