Simon uses his art, including photography, as a direct therapy for combating and suspending the symptoms of his young-onset Parkinson’s Disease. He conducts research in this area for the benefit of himself and others.
While photography, music and art had always been a source of pleasure for Simon Brown, a UK based Digital Consultant, he would have never guessed the combination of the three would change his life for good.
Diagnosed at the age of 43 with young-onset Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder associated with a loss of dopamine-generating cells in the brain, Simon discovered an incredible relief from the tremors, muscle stiffness and depression attributed to the disease through his photography, music and art production.
Through his research, Simon learned that art therapy was a documented treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and has been striving to share his transformative work across the Parkinson’s community to provide solace to those suffering from the depression or anxiety associated to the disease.
“It was such a pleasure speaking with you and you’ve already inspired me with potential art and music therapy content for our programs”.
Expressing yourself through art and music has the power to make fellow people with Parkinson’s feel less alone in this world and that is truly inspiring. Thanks again for your time, Simon, and we will certainly keep in touch.
Professional Education Associate
Simon uses his art, including photography, as a direct therapy for combating and suspending the symptoms of his young-onset Parkinson’s,
and he conducts research in this area for the benefit of himself and others. Several of our friends with experience in the art therapy field and especially those living with, or touched by, Parkinson’s, might be interested in following his work.
Mid-Century Modern Soul Sister
This man's journey is filled with creativity, endeavour, imagination, openness & no little courageously.
Can he be a prolific painter? YES
Can his life have personal, artistic & creative purpose? YES
Can he live a better life despite his medical condition? YES
Could he create the Simon Brown Foundation (if he so wished)?
YES with a little help from his friends.
He has grit and the determination to use his talent to find his own destination. I, for one, know he will make that journey his.
And by the way – he's a great person (and a bloody good photographer!).
Author & Photographer