The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) mourns the passing of PDF Creativity Artist Ruth Walters, 90, of Santa Fe, NM, who died on January 19. Ms. Walters’ quilt, “Our Life Together,” is featured in the 2016 PDF Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar for the month of April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
“My mom was very proud and happy that her quilt was chosen to appear in the PDF Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. She was a passionate and talented quilt artist who loved color, using it to create dazzling beauty. Her creativity carried her through Parkinson’s disease, even when she could no longer sew,” says her daughter Lynn.
A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, CA, Ms. Walters owned a small business, where she sold handmade works of art. Before becoming a quilter, she spent several years as a professional potter. She told PDF last year that she found her “true love of quilting” shortly after her Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2001.
Ms. Walters was amongst the more than 400 other people with Parkinson’s who have shared their artwork and experiences with PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. The Project explores, supports and encourages the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson’s. Ms. Walters’ quilt was chosen to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.
Ms. Walter’s art therapist, Lorena Alvarez, M.A., L.M.H.C., added, “Ruth found great joy in producing art in all its forms. As someone who loved to grow on many levels, art helped Ruth to retain a sense of joy from learning new things and reminded her that she could continue to grow as a person and as an artist, even while dealing with a disease like Parkinson’s. Seeing her work published in the PDF Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar heightened her sense of accomplishment.”
PDF is proud to have showcased Ms. Walters artwork in the 2016 calendar, which serves as a source of hope and inspiration to the nearly one million others in the US living with Parkinson’s disease. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
To view more of Ms. Walters artwork, visit PDF’s online Creativity and Parkinson’s Project gallery here.