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MS sufferer Brad is back at his easel
1:20pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
AN artist who was forced to give up painting though illness, is getting to ready to dust off his easel once again.
Brad Harris, 39, of London Road, Leigh, was a keen artist before he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago.
Despite battling against the degenerative condition, Brad was forced to give up his painting hobby in 2005 after he was unable to control the shaking in his right hand.
However, brave Brad is hitting the art trail once again by training with his left hand to paint.
Dad-of-two Brad said: “Recently some local artists and pals suggested I try using my left hand.
“All I’ve done so far is paint a canvas yellow, it’s hard after using my right hand for so long, but at least I’m trying.
“Art is such a big part of my life and I am eager to get back to having a go at it again.”
Brad recently held an exhibition of his work, finished before his illness, at the Leigh Road Baptist Church. He sold 15 pieces of work and helped to raise more than £500 for the MS Society.
A Star Wars painting alone fetched £200 at the aptlynamed Bradzart exhibition.
He said artists who attended the exhibition have also offered to help him get back on track because they made him think about painting again.
He said: “I am so lucky to have been able to do what I did for all those years.
Brad has had his work featured in several Leigh art trails, and has been on show at a number of venues.
He added: “I can always tell my children ‘this is what daddy used to do’ and be proud of what I have accomplished.”
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