Hamilton was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002 and learned how to paint while recovering

By Alex Heigl
Updated February 25, 2015 09:40 AM

Moses “Mo” Hamilton is a self-taught artist who grew up in Kauai, Hawaii. Now 39, he was paralyzed in a 2002 car accident that left him unable to breathe without a ventilator.

While recovering, Hamilton was introduced to an art program that taught paralyzed individuals how to paint with their mouths. “Being artistic as a child, I was naturally interested in the program,” Hamilton told Newsivity.

“Painting helps me feel very connected to my environment and the outside world,” added Hamilton, who paints mostly with acrylics but also works with digital paints, mixed media and watercolors.

“All those years ago, in the snap of a finger, my whole life changed, and so now I ensure I live fully and happily,” Hamilton says. “Make the best of this moment now, because it’s quick and it’s short. You just never know when it could all be gone.”