Paul Smith, was born with cerebral palsy, a severe disability which affects his motor abilities and strength. But he creates incredible works of art using a typewriter using just 10 of the simple keys. In his Oregon nursing home where he has been living since 1967, he types away using one finger tirelessly. Once you see what he’s creating you’ll notice his artistic abilities are very unique. He would use his left hand to steady the right, so because he couldn’t type with both hands the artist would lock the “Shift” key and create most of his works with the characters “@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _”. Over 70 years of artistic activity, Paul Lung created hundreds of beautiful typewriter art pieces, most of which he simply gave away.
Even though his movements are limited his determination is endless. A deeply religious man, Paul’s life teaches us the simple truth that we are all gifted with creativity instilled within ourselves. The question for anyone from his story is the same question that he would ask anyone ” Well, what can you do?”. The only thing that is enough to keep us going is our “faith” and “one finger”.
Unfortunately, as he aged, Paul Smith’s cataracts worsened and prevented him from exercising his artistic skill at the fullest of his abilities, and he stopped making typewriter art in 2004. He died on June 24, 2007, at the Rose Haven Nursing Center in Roseburg, Oregon, but left behind an impressive portfolio of typewriter art.
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