Creativity as a cure for Ashland man

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

A 72-year-old man with progressive Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease says he’s in the best mood when he’s doing one thing — painting.

Henry Jones with one of his paintings. The Ashland resident started painting to help keep his mind occupied as he battles a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Henry Jones with one of his paintings. The Ashland resident started painting to help keep his mind occupied as he battles a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

That’s when Henry Jones, an Ashland resident, can get peace of mind on days when his illness gets the best of him.

Just three years ago, Jones decided to dabble in making art and took up painting. Since then, he said it’s been one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

“No matter how sick you get, [you’ve got to] find something to do,” Jones said.

He said he is thankful for the ability to sit at his artist’s table and paint away when he wants to.

“At least I can still do this,” Jones said.

His wife, Lou, went to the local library and picked up numerous books for him to learn from.

And since then, he has not stopped.

“You can express yourself,” Jones said. “If you’re happy, you can draw something happy.”

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