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An artist's determination and perseverance keeps him painting, no matter what

When Seattle Artist Brom Wikstrom was 21 and starting a promising career as an artist, he had a swimming accident that left him paralyzed, with only limited use of his arms.

Seattle native Brom Wikstrom was already living an adventurous and artistic life at a young age, working in and studying commercial art throughout high school and college while taking trips across the country. At just 21 years old, however, Wikstrom became paralyzed from the neck down after sustaining a spinal cord injury while swimming.

Despite the challenges and frustration that came along with his accident, his passion for the arts never left him. He began to redirect his artistic skill, creating beautiful works of art by painting with his mouth. He has become one of the most influential painters of his kind in the world, and is a member of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an organization of disabled artists that have found alternative ways to keep painting.

Brom's paintings will be on display at the Museum of Special Art, 720 238th St. SE, Suite I, Bothell.

The exhibit runs until October 30.

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