After being diagnosed with degenerative Parkinson’s disease, Norman Greenstein rediscovered painting as a way to distract himself from his affliction.
As his condition has progressively worsened, he’s fought through the problems and struggles of Parkinson’s disease. In addition to creating aesthetic work, Norman’s art helps spread awareness and raise money to find a cure for the disease.
As part of his mission, Norman has given talks to other seniors with Parkinson’s in an effort to help them find the same relief that he has achieved by expressing himself through art.
Born in Philadelphia during WWII, he took art classes at a young age, an experience which heightened his sensitivity to the world around him.
Norman served in the United States Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam War. After his service, he attended Philadelphia Community College and then Temple University, from which he received a B. A. degree in 1970.
In 2008, Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, an incurable, degenerative disease that aggressively attacks the central nervous system. A few years later, he retired in order to focus on his treatment.
It was at this time that Norman began painting every day as a way to stay busy. He soon joyfully found that this creative work was helping him cope with the symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease.
With the insights gained from his travails, he began reaching out to other seniors and victims of Parkinson’s by teaching painting classes to these fellow sufferers.
In 2018, Norman began selling his first paintings, and in April of this year, received his first gallery showing at The Work_Space in Manchester, CT.
10% of the proceeds of each sale of Norman’s paintings will go to the Michael J Fox Foundation, which is working to put an end to this terrible disease and its devastating effects on families across the world.
10% of the proceeds of each sale of Norman’s paintings will also go to the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease, which is sponsoring a program called Connecting Through Art.
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