Brad Williamson finished his digital painting using his one working hand and a rollerball mouse. It took hours upon hours, but the end product — a bright, ethereal image — is one way he communicates without being able to move most of his body or speak.
"That's kind of the outlet for him to express just how deep he is," Opportunity Resources Art Director Thomas Lind said. "I am just so amazed at the quality of the creativity."
Williamson is one of dozens of Opportunity Resources Inc. artists who regularly paint, make pottery and work on digital artwork with Lind. Later this spring, several of their pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Opportunity Resources Gala.
The Opportunity Resources art program has been around for about 15 years, Lind said. It started as one of many choices the nonprofit offered its disabled clients, from card games to watching movies or going on outings.
Six to seven serious artists started painting in a tiny room, with Lind eventually adding pottery and digital art options. Along with that, the artists' ranks swelled to around 40 regulars and more than 100 who come in on occasion to work on a piece, Lind said.
'Fearless style' - Gala to showcase work by Artists of Opportunity
Article by: Peter Freisen Photos by: Tom Bauer
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