NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — The gunshots seemed to come out of nowhere, and when they stopped, a suburban artist was left paralyzed.
This challenge is all about the canvases. The artists get the chance to design custom wheelchair spoke guards.
Jeff Montag’s fingers can’t hold a paintbrush, but that doesn’t stop him from painting portraits, flowers, flamenco dancers, ornery bulls, airplanes, Sioux warriors and Kearney landmarks.
A quadriplegic for 40 years, Montag creates art in his spare time with a specially designed cuff he fastens onto his right hand.
Last week, maneuvering his wheelchair, he guided a visitor through his kitchen and attached garage into his cozy studio cluttered with paintbrushes and tubes of paint. He wheeled up to the easel, slid his hand into his cuff and began to dab bits of bright color on an unfinished painting.
It all started with rain-soaked wheelchair tire treads that patterned across the driveway of Jeremy Bigelow’s Holland home.
“I was driving through puddles in my driveway one day, and seeing the tracks all over the place, and I thought it would be cool to somehow paint my tires and put it on canvas,” said Bigelow, a quadriplegic since he injured his spinal cord in a car crash in 2010.
That revelation might have been the catalyst for a burgeoning art career that Bigelow says he never expected when this whole adventure began, but those closest to him would say it’s his attitude that propelled him into the Toledo area’s creative scene.
Antonio Davis said his life was headed in the wrong direction when he was shot at close range and nearly killed 24 years ago. What he didn’t know was that his life was about to take an extraordinary turn with purpose. Though paralyzed from the chest down, he became an accomplished painter.
“I’m just creating. I’m just freeing my mind and what comes out is my true emotions,” Davis told CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. “It’s a passion. It’s an obsession. I love it that much. And I hope it shows in the work.”
WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) — Artist Frank Espinosa helps to bring his paintings to life uses extraordinary skill, but unlike other artists, the Whittier man uses his mouth to create each one of his pieces.
“I was shot and paralyzed when I was 18,” said Espinosa.
The shooting left Espinosa a quadriplegic. The 46-year-old says he began sketching to keep busy. Three years ago, a family friend recommend that he send some of his pieces to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.
When Brenton Swartz was just 15-years-old a stray bullet struck his neck and robbed him of his ability to walk, and use his hands forever. From the pain and tragedy, Swartz found a hidden talent and a new reason to live. He began painting.
Swartz was hit in the neck by a stray bullet when a gun his brother was playing with accidentally went off. He then spent eight months in a hospital and was told he would never walk again. Just two months before this incident, his mother had passed away.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From the moment her pencil hits the paper, Kelcee Yazzie never loses a smile, as she draws the subjects of her art.
‘He’s going up on my wall,’ Norm Shewchuk says of the picture he created on wood
Growing up in Gimli, Man., Norm Shewchuk was passionate about hockey.
But in 1983, a life-altering accident ended his dream of playing the game.
“I was 16 and playing league hockey, and I just went for the puck in the corner and I got cross-checked from behind and I went headfirst into the boards,” Shewchuk said in an interview with CBC News.