Although he is in a wheelchair and paints by holding a brush in his mouth, he has never stopped selling paintings.
After a motorcycle accident fifteen years ago left him paralysed from the neck down, Mr Aaron Yeo discovered his passion for creating art. He learned to create art from scratch and is now selling three to four paintings a month. Some customers even paid up to $3,000 for his artwork. Yeo used to be a hairstylist before the accident and never thought that he would end up in a wheelchair. He spent the next four years in denial and grief as he could not come to terms with his permanent injury, undergoing treatment and rehabilitation as well as spending $70,000 to fly to places like India and Vietnam for additional treatments, but none of those treatments had any significant effect.
After that, he began to learn how to paint with his mouth. He went to the library and learned painting skills on his own. After half a year, he received a scholarship to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied oil painting. He also posts his works on Instagram under the handle, @aaronmouthpainter
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Source: Lianhe Wanbao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.