Paul Smith - Amazing 'Typewriter Artist'
He lived at
Rose Haven Nursing Home ( Roseburg , OR ) for years.
Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born
on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not
only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic
cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and
mobility but also taught himself to become a master
artist as well as a terrific chess player even after
being devoid of a formal education as a child.
"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his
right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same
time, he almost always locked the shift key down and
made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the
number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on
these characters..... @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ . Across
seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He
often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not
always, he kept or received a copy for his own records.
As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed
techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that
made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings."
This great man passed away on June 25, 2009, but left
behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be
an inspiration for many.
Just proves to me, none of us are
"limited" in the gifts God has given us.
just have to look really hard to see them in ourselves.
These pictures are amazing evidence of what God can do
through His children.
He has no limitations.
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