He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home (Roseburg, OR) for years. Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born in Philadelphia 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.

 

 

 

 

Love this one and worked with it in Photoshop. The detail is phenomenal especially the trees and foilage. I have an interest in water wheels and he captured the workings wonderfully.

See the detail and the reflection in the water.

 

 

Funny

 

Good one here. All great artists will do old barns with discarded equipment laying around.

Oh and covered bridges very rare and sought after by artists. Remember the Bridges over Madison County with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Street. One of the greatest movies I have ever watched.

 

 

 

He got some great straight lines and contours with this horse. Now how did he accomplish that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this might be Clinton. Portraits on a typewriter doesn't work too well.

Portraits on a typewriter doesn't work too well. And here he tried to add some color?

Mother Teresa I think. Mighty fine!

Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman