Artist works in new middle after ALS diagnosis

July 15, 2016 - als

FAIRFIELD — Jim Kimberly’s devise was simple. He would residence his newly purchased sailboat, conduct out to a high seas and cruise away, never to be seen again.

Before he could get a sailboat prepared for such a voyage, his amyotrophic parallel sclerosis had progressed to a indicate he could no longer sail.

He returned home to Fairfield, after a year in San Diego, dynamic to fight, with a certain attitude, the progressive neurodegenerative illness that affects haughtiness cells in a mind and a spinal cord.

Kimberly’s provision was art. His margin was sculpture. His hands weren’t going to cooperate.

The longtime Fairfield artist motionless to revisit painting. He started by attaching a brush to PVC pipe. Today, it’s an arm that hooks on to his wheelchair that binds a paint brush.

Large canvases lay on his floor, Kimberly sits in a wheelchair and powers his proceed around to emanate his work. In roughly each portrayal there’s a apportionment where a wheelchair tire ran over a soppy paint.

“I knew we could make art from a wheelchair,” he said, sitting in an aged church he’s converted into his home and studio.

His sister watched on during his early attempts.

“I was portrayal and painting,” he said. “After a integrate of days, it would start to demeanour like something. Then it (the vision) would disappear.”

A new proceed was needed. Cause and outcome was a goal. Kimberly would put a symbol on a board and demeanour during it with undirected awareness. No anticipation, no expectations and no lovable small tricks, could be used.

One day, he saw what he was looking for on a canvas. At a same time his mind was revelation him, “There it is,” his sister, station behind him, was observant a same thing.

Kimberly has embellished some-more than 30 paintings in a past year. Some are partial of a one-day designation Saturday during a Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco.

Others will be on arrangement by Jul 30 during a Fairfield-Suisun Visual Arts Association gallery in Solano Town Center.

The vaunt is reasonably titled, “I’m Not Dead Yet.” It was borne out of frustration.

Kimberly spoke with a member of a ALS Association, charity to present some of his work as a fundraiser for a organization. The chairman wanted to know if he had cinema of his art. He supposing a images and got a dumbfounded response. As Kimberly left that meeting, he suspicion to himself, “I’m not passed yet.”

The greeting spurred him to wish to do some-more art.

“Don’t tell me we can’t do something,” Kimberly said.

Proceeds from his exhibits will advantage a ALS Association, a organisation he avoided after removing a diagnosis about dual years ago.

“I didn’t wish to know where we was headed,” he said.

Kimberly was told when he was diagnosed that he would substantially live dual to 5 years.

“They are going to be wrong on that foregone conclusion,” he said.

While supports for investigate into a commotion are limited, Kimberly pronounced he suspects he’ll live to see a find of how to delayed down ALS and, possibly, heal a disease.

One of his works in swell is patrician “Wings,” in anxiety to a angels (friends, families and even strangers) who have helped him from installing a petrify ramp so he can leave his residence to bettering his headquarters for accessibility.

“The impulse people step adult is a impulse we need them,” he said.

Kimberly opts to concentration on his art, not ALS.

“It’s always in my head,” he said. “When I’m pushing down a road, doing a paltry job, we consider of art. Sometimes we wish we could tighten it off.”

At a same time, it’s a best therapy.

“My mind isn’t on my problems,” he said. “It’s on my art.”

He strives to paint 3 or 4 hours a day.

Locals will also see some of Kimberly’s progressing works during a Fairfield gallery, including a vast iron equine he was operative on when a symptoms of ALS began to surface. He chalked them adult to aged age.

Also on arrangement will be a Kimberly creation, “The Super Imposer,” that was supposed into a 2003 juried art uncover in Fairfield. It was usually on arrangement a brief time when Kimberly was asked by city staff to mislay it, being told it was too big, disregarded glow regulations and was too controversial.

It facilities a chair where people can lay and pedal, that spins a shade in front of them with one side carrying an picture of a American flag. The other side is an picture of Osama bin Laden.

“All we wanted was an apology,” Kimberly said. “The good news is, it’s creation a display during a gallery. Bin Laden is back.”

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter during

Jim Kimberly’s ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’

  • Through Jul 30
  • Fairfield-Suisun Visual Arts Association Gallery during Solano Town Center
  • 1350 Travis Blvd., Suite D8, Fairfield
  • Reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; Kimberly and an ALS deputy will be present
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday by Sunday

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