Sue’s impressive artwork will be on display and available for purchase at the Niche between 16 November – 19 December. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Parkinson’s WA.
We hope to see you there!
A little bit about Sue:
Sue’s Parkinson’s journey has been a roller coaster ride…full of highs and lows. Initially she struggled with the diagnosis and felt a loss of identity. Then one day, in January 2012, while searching the internet for inspirational quotes, she came upon one by Michael J. Fox which changed her whole outlook and way of thinking.
She decided to become proactive and began to research what exactly was known about Parkinson’s including how to live well with it, what she could do to slow down the progression, how to help others living with Parkinson’s do the same, and how to educate the general public. Since she began to choose to live well with Parkinson’s, she says she has developed skills she “never dreamed possible.”
In 2016, she discovered she could paint, and her house became an ever changing art exhibition, full of canvases and every surface became spattered with all the colours of the rainbow.
Sue has always been a frustrated artist. She loves colour and had many ideas in her head but could never put them onto paper.
With her painting, Sue started with acrylics and then ventured into water colours - each a completely different style.
Her art now features on coasters, placemats, clothes, scarves and many backpacks and bags. In fact, just about anything with a surface. She’s held three exhibitions at the headquarters of Parkinson’s WA, donating proceeds to the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist service for Western Australia.
Now, nearly 13 years after diagnosis, Sue says that she is doing things she never thought she was capable of.
In 2020, Sue did a Tedx talk entitled “Stories from a Bobble Head Nanna-learning to live with Parkinson’s Disease.” And you can view it on YouTube.
Now Sue is presenting her fourth Exhibition at the Niche. She has been exploring new techniques this year and is proud to exhibit her new collage works this time, along with the favourite quirky emus and soft whimsical water colours.
“It’s so cool to see someone wearing or using something with my design on it,” Sue said.
Sue’s artwork will be on display at The Niche from 16 November-19 December 2022.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces or if you have any enquiries, contact the Parkinson’s WA’s office via phone on: 08 6457 7373. Thank you for supporting Sue and Parkinson’s WA.
Sue said she lives by these quotes and credits them with giving her the strength to face each challenge head on:
“Accept, Adapt, Adjust”
“It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.