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Paul Smith, the Typewriter Artist with Severe Cerebral Palsy

Just a Typewriter


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, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many.

You know that saying about, "When life closes a door, God opens a window"? Well, I think God just helped this man build a whole new house.

Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

typewriter art truck by paul smith

typewriter art seagull house by paul smith

typewriter art lighthouse by paul smith

typewriter art lighthouse by paul smith cerebral palsy artist

typewriter art mill house by paul smith

typewriter art mill wheel by paul smith

typewriter art fishing pond by paul smith

typewriter art collie dog by paul smith

typewriter art dog cocker spaniel by paul smith

typewriter art selfie self portait by paul smith

"I shall look at the world through tears. Perhaps I shall see things that, dry-eyed, I could not see." ~Nicholas Wolterstorff

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE... Getting back up is LIVING.

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