By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo
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Videographer / Director: Desmond Blair, Bruce August Jr.
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas
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, from Dallas, Texas said: “You only become disabled when you stop yourself from pursuing your dreams.
“I am missing all ten fingers but I don’t look at it as a disability, I look at it as a difference.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“I dove into my artwork - at first I was doing it to solve a problem but then I fell in love with it.”
Desmond hopes to use his paintings to raise money for charities supporting other people with limb differences.
“Being disabled is something that’s internal I believe.
“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.”