It’s 5 years today since I got my PD diagnosis.

Life has changed, but I am grateful for what I have, and probably more content than I’ve ever been.

I love painting and drawing, and art helps me through the difficult times, so for my next project I’ve decided to start a sketch a day diary for the next year.

There are no rules – it’s just for fun.

You can follow me on FB and Instagram @sketchaday2324 and see an overview of the work here.

Here’s a few of the other things I’ve been up to over the past couple of years.

Janet’s Art Road Trip

From April 2022 to April 2023, I carried out a project which included structured drawing, where I had two intensive life drawing sessions each month to depict the effects of an internal degenerative disease on the human body. I also aimed to capture its impact on self-worth and one’s place in society.

Additionally, I expanded my creative practice by spending a week each month in various parts of the British Isles, painting various landscapes from my camper van.

The outcome of this year was a collection of artwork that showed change, acceptance, and ambition, accompanied by the development of an online visual diary on my various social media platforms and website

Parky Players, “Shake It Off”

Feb 2022 onwards. Leading the creation and performing of a brand new piece of theatre.

12 Hour Boxing Challenge

July 2021. Shadow boxing and pad work for 12 hours to raise awareness of the role of fitness in managing Parkinson’s Disease and raising money. £4300 raised.

20 Days in 2020

March 2020. A painting retreat with no contact with the outside world for 20 days. Just painting and reflection.

24 Hour Danceathon

October 2019. 25 hours (it was the night the clocks went back!) of dancing and fundraising. Over £3000 raised.

London to Paris Bike Ride

June 2019. Four days of cycling in record breaking temperatures.