Painter With No Fingers Creates Incredible Artwork
You should never let anything get in the way of your dreams and this young man proves it! Desmond Blair in a 29-year-old young man that has been born without digits on his hands, but that has not stopped him from mastering the art of oil painting.
After encountering prejudice during job interviews, the talented Texan decided to record himself painting, to prove that if he can hold a pencil and a brush, he can definitely do his job on a computer! So far, his portfolio includes portraits of President Obama and musician Andre 3000.
“I am missing all ten fingers but I don’t look at it as a disability, I look at it as a difference." says the Dallas, Texas native. “You only become disabled when you stop yourself from pursuing your dreams."
Desmond has been drawing since he was a kid, when he learned how to hold a pencil with both his hands. Then he began exploring different mediums, but didn’t start painting until he went to high school. Then, in college, he tried out acrylics and digital artwork.
Potential employers didn’t believe him when they would see his resume, and then meet him without fingers. Now a project manager, Desmond spends almost his entire free time painting with oil paints.
He hopes to use his paintings to raise money for charities that support other people with limb disabilities.
Videographer / Director: Desmond Blair, Bruce August Jr.
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas