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No hands, no problem

Leslie Brown

Some people won’t let anything stand in their way of something they want to accomplish; and I mean anything. Moses Hamilton is one of those kinds of people.

Moses was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident when he was 26 years old. He tried learning how to paint using his teeth and mouth to hold a brush and paint, but got frustrated, and disgusted and quit.

Thankfully it’s not how many times we get knocked down that matters, it’s how many times we get back up.

Moses picked that brush back up and gave it another “go”. The world should be grateful he has, because he creates vivid, eye-popping works that put many “two-handed” artists to shame.

Today, Hamilton has created more than 200 paintings, which he sells on his website MosesArt.org. Now 39 years old, he tries to paint four to five days a week for at least four hours a day. On average, according to Kauai news site The Garden Island, it takes him 25 hours to finish an 11-by-14 painting.

He says it took “patience, practice, perseverance and a lot of passion” — what he calls, “the P’s of painting” — to get to his level of skill. It also took time to convince himself it was worth giving art another try.

It was over a year after his move back to his home island of Kauai before he picked up the mouthpieces to try painting once more.

“It started off as a hobby, then it snowballed,” he said. “I was getting better and gaining more confidence.”

He learned to hold the paintbrush steady, and he began using colors inspired by the islands. Painting outdoors became one of his favorite things to do. Eventually, people took interest in his work, and he began selling it.

Now, Hamilton says, “painting soothes my soul.”

“It sets me free from being in a wheelchair,” he told HuffPost. “I might not be moving my body, but I am moving something on the page. I’m creating my own moments, freedom on the canvas.”

To read more on this story, and see more of Moses’ beautiful work, click here: Huffington Post Good News

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