A couple of weeks ago I came across some of the most amazing artwork I had ever seen. It was a delightful scene of a mill, with a waterwheel busily turning water, and a small fisherman trying his luck in the mill pond. The picture itself was good, but upon closer inspection both the work and the artist became incredible.
The picture had been typed by an artist named Paul Smith. I say ‘typed’ because the entire picture, mill, wheel, and fisherman, had been created using only a typewriter. Why would someone ‘draw’ with a typewriter?
Well, for Paul Smith, it was the only way. Mr. Smith was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. Because of this he was unable to even hold a pencil, much less draw. But that did not stop him. He taught himself how to draw by using the symbol keys such as # ! @ * _ – on a typewriter. The typewriter, a thing that must people use to communicate with words, he used to express himself through art.
Mr. Smith passed away June 25th 2007 at his home, Rose Haven Nursing Home. He was 85 years old and had created over 400 works of art.
I was truly touched by the story of this inspiring man and the beautiful images he was able to create. Perhaps what made it more amazing was the fact that it was because of his ‘disability’ that he had learned this new and unique way of drawing with a typewriter.
This got me thinking. Often times it seems that those who have ‘disabilities’ in our world are viewed as being disadvantaged, or pitiable. In fact the very word ‘disability’ seems to entail a less than status. But this is clearly not the cause.
There is dignity in all that carries the gift of life. God does not make mistakes. Everything He makes is beautiful and perfect, just the way He made it. Every leaf, every star, every single person: is a masterpiece.
To watch the video I saw of Mr. Smith click the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svzPm8lT36o
Featured Image of Paul Smith “The Typewriter Artist” Image from http://cerebralpalsy.org/