Quadriplegic Creates Artist Paradise

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Curated by
Kristen Sachs
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Curated by
Kristen Sachs

William took up the hobby of painting while in rehab recovering from an accident that left him a quadriplegic. But with limited use of his hands, holding a paintbrush wasn’t working so well. “The brush was difficult to hold and control even wearing a cuff," he shares.

quadriplegic artist demonstrates drip painting

Then William came upon a technique he hadn’t yet tried: drip painting, a form of abstract art inspired by Jackson Pollock. And William’s artistic expression began to flourish. "I went crazy dripping," he says. "I was drip painting on anything using everything, whatever's in the kitchen, pans, bowls, cups, eating utensils." 

William wanted to be able to share his passion with others, particularly people living with a disability. So he applied for and received a grant funded by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, and he opened an artistic paradise called Our Artworks located in Tupelo, Mississippi.

"Anyone who has a disability has the ability to create art. There are no mistakes. Art heals the spirit." 

"We introduce students to art and display their work,” says William. “We make sure our homebound artists and out-of-town artists have supplies. We work with students to find their medium, and we travel to find and grow new artists."

wheelchair users attend an art class

Our Artworks provides patrons with a wide variety of artistic expression including  drip painting, stained glass, sculpture, and wood working. William encourages artists to experiment with different mediums to find what works best for them.

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