Stunning Works of Art Created With an Old Fashioned Manual Typewriter

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He learned how to express himself using just 10 symbol keys at the top of an old manual typewriter keyboard

He couldn't grasp a pen or a pencil in his hands, his disorder made holding a paint brush impossible, and yet through sheer determination and perseverance he taught himself how to ‘paint' and create beautiful works of art using a manual typewriter.

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Paul Smith passed away in 2007 at the ripe old age of 85 after having spent most of his life in a nursing home. From an early age he suffered from severe cerebral palsy and as a young child he wasn't expected to live long, and because of his condition he wasn't entitled to have an education, therefore he couldn't read or write.

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Amazingly, even though his movements were very limited, he learned how to express himself using just 10 symbol keys at the top of a manual typewriter keyboard. With these 10 symbol keys he was able to create hundreds of landscapes and portraits, in both black & white and color and in such incredible detail – it's hard to believe they've been ‘painted' with a typewriter.

When asked what keeps him going he simply replied “my finger”..!