Paradise Valley painter Eric Weinbrenner has always thrived on creative productivity. The Massachusetts native started a trucking company in Colorado before moving to Phoenix in 1997 to work in real estate. After he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in November 2019, Weinbrenner found yet another passion to throw himself into: painting.
“I wasn’t going to sit there,” he says. “I’m a Type A personality. I decided I’m going to take the disease and work with it.”
His time and energy have a different meaning now, Weinbrenner says. “If I go on a walk, it feels like I ran a marathon.” Art provides a refuge from reality. While painting, he clears his mind of any thoughts about his disease and focuses on the task at hand. His work features bright, youthful colors and energetic themes. “I usually just go in there with a cocktail and paint whatever I want for the day,” Weinbrenner says of his home studio.
His creativity goes beyond the canvas. Weinbrenner’s drive to make the best of his situation led him to start Paint for a Cure, a charity that works with painters around the country to auction off art to benefit housing projects for those with ALS. Since the start of the organization, it has raised more than $100,000 for those in need.
See more of Weinbrenner’s work and learn more about Paint for a Cure at paintforacure.org.