By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

AN artist is painting incredible portraits despite being born without FINGERS

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Videographer / Director: Desmond Blair, Bruce August Jr.
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas

FAMILY SUPPORT: Desmond posing with his grandmother Leila Blair

Desmond Blair, 29, is missing all ten fingers but has mastered the art of oil painting.

His portfolio includes depictions of U.S President Barack Obama, Porsche builder Nakai-san and musician Andre 3000.

Desmond recorded himself painting to prove to potential employers that he is capable of working without fingers

Desmond, from Dallas, Texas said: “You only become disabled when you stop yourself from pursuing your dreams.

Desmond Blair at 24 posing with mum Joyce Blair at his Master's graduation in 2009

“I am missing all ten fingers but I don’t look at it as a disability, I look at it as a difference.

He started drawing when learning how to write and explored painting soon after

“I started drawing when I was a kid because I was learning how to write. After drawing I started exploring other mediums and I started painting in middle school.

Desmond's portrait titled, "Crimson Queen"

“I started out with acrylics and I did more digital work in college.”

Desmond took a break from painting but picked it up again when he started going on job interviews.

A portrait Desmond painted titled "Dreams Become Reality"

He said: “When I was going on job interviews I’d get these crazy looks because people would see my resume and I would walk in and wouldn’t have hands.

Desmond, a project manager, spends most of his free time painting incredible portraits

“They were wondering how I was going to use a computer.

“I started recording myself painting because if I was ever in that situation again I wanted to be able to show somebody if I can paint without fingers I’m pretty sure I can do the job.”

Painting titled "Mr. 3000" painted in 2015 in Dallas, Texas

Desmond, a project manager, paints in his free time and every weekend.

He said: “If I had to describe the feeling it would be a relaxing feeling because I get to turn everything off and really just allow myself to focus on letting something develop.

A painting of Porsche builder Nakai-san

“I dove into my artwork - at first I was doing it to solve a problem but then I fell in love with it.”

Desmond's painting titled "The Hurt"

Desmond hopes to use his paintings to raise money for charities supporting other people with limb differences.

A painting titled "The Librada"
A depiction of U.S President Barack Obama painted in 2012

“Being disabled is something that’s internal I believe.

Desmond hopes to use his paintings to raise money for charities
Posing with auction winner at Project Still I Rise Gala in 2012

“It’s a mindset where you allow yourself to become defeated by your circumstances or obstacles you face but it’s more about finding opportunity instead of dwelling on the challenges.”