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Tinley Park resident Dirk Spence (left), also known as Mr. D the Magician, enjoys a story by artist/author Gene Gryniewicz, who still creates art after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Some of Gryniewicz’s art is inspired by Spence. LAURIE FANELLI/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
3:02 pm CDT April 8, 2019

Tinley Park resident Gene Gryniewicz is a self-taught artist twice over. 

The storyteller, poet and illustrator first learned to draw from comic books. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005, he retaught himself everything from colors to perspective to how to hold a pen. Though his style may have evolved in the last 14 years, Gryniewicz’s work continues to represent his lyrical vision of the world with depth, creativity and wonder.