Like most other artists, Gerald Nees paints the things he loves... such as the countryside?
Like most other artists, Gerald Nees paints the things he loves... such as the countryside around his Indiana farm. But unlike most other artists, Gerald is partly paralysed, and paints with a brush in his mouth.
The artist was paralysed in 1953, when he broke his neck while driving into a pond.
He didn't give up painting because he "doesn't believe in quitting on anything."
His reputation has grown quickly over the last few years and now his exhibitions are in such demand that they have to be organised several months in advance.
SYNOPSIS: Painting is hard enough for somebody who can use his hands... but it's harder for Gerald Nees, of Indiana.
He has been partly paralysed since nineteen-fifty-three, when he broke his neck while diving into a swimming pool.
But Gerald says he doesn't know the meaning of quitting, and despite the loss of use of his limbs, he concentrated on painting.
Painting by mouth can be tedious, but Gerald doesn't mind the tedium, and sometimes works for five hours a day.
A painting of a riverboat is his favourite work, and, like the rest of his paintings, it carries incredible detail and human activity. Gerald Nees's reputation has grown enormously over the last few years. His patrons include several well-known people and exhibitions of his work have become so much in demand that they must now be organised several months in advance. Although he has regained some use of his arms, he will never be able to paint normally with his hands.