Wagga quadriplegic artist shows talents despite the challenge

HIDDEN TALENT: Stephen Williams discovered his artistic ability after a personal tragedy, putting a lot of time and effort in to perfect his work. Picture: Emma Hillier
HIDDEN TALENT: Stephen Williams discovered his artistic ability after a personal tragedy, putting a lot of time and effort in to perfect his work. Picture: Emma Hillier

A NSW Riverina man has discovered a hidden artistic ability following on from a tragic accident which left him in a wheelchair.

Stephen Williams, of Wagga Wagga, is a C5 C6 quadriplegic, meaning he has no hand or lower body function.

Yet, Mr Williams creates detailed graphite drawings mistakable for black and white photography.

"I've been drawing for about six years now, I started because I couldn't get a job due to being in my chair, and this kind of helped me fill the days in," he said.

The Gobbagombalin resident and former tradesman has had to adjust to his new way of life after an incident where he dove into shallow water.

EYE FOR DETAIL: Stephen Williams works on a drawing of an echidna in his home art studio. Picture: Emma Hillier

EYE FOR DETAIL: Stephen Williams works on a drawing of an echidna in his home art studio. Picture: Emma Hillier

He said producing art started with a request from his wife Alicia, who asked him to draw her a rose in his spare time.

"I was never interested in it before, not at all, and I was pretty shocking to start with so I guess practice makes perfect," Mr Williams said.

Weaving a pencil between his fingers allows Mr Williams to shade, sketch and produce his art with a strong focus on the natural world.

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"I like animals, one of a black cockatoo is my favourite," he said.

"We were at a friend's farm up at Tumbarumba and there were heaps of the birds up there, so I decided to draw that."

One piece can take up to 80 hours of work for Mr Williams, spread out over up to five months.

"I've probably made about 20 over the years, and have been selling them for about two years now," he said.

Mr Williams artwork can be seen or purchased through his Facebook page: Stevewilliams_art.

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