Artist Who Paints With His Mouth Unveils Artwork Inspired by ‘Hero’ Doddie Weir

An artist who paints with his mouth after being paralyzed following a diving accident has created an artwork to raise money for the charity founded by Doddie Weir as he battles motor neurone disease (MND).

Henry Fraser, 30, created his own version of the ‘Doddie 5 Tartan’ to fund vital research into the MND, and the piece epitomizes what it means to ‘overturn life’s hardships’.

The positive outlook and optimistic nature of the former Scotland rugby international star is a ‘huge inspiration’ to Mr Fraser, who once played the sport for Saracens academy.

He played rugby throughout his childhood and teenage years until he was 17, when he suffered life-changing injuries following a diving accident in Portugal in 2009 which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Mouth artist Henry Fraser with his piece (My Name’5 Doddie Foundation/PA)

Mr. Fraser’s love for art, which he had throughout his childhood, was rekindled in 2015 after he learned to paint with his mouth.

“Like Doddie, I was an active man before my accident. To have that removed so suddenly was completely life changing,” he said.

“It forced me to reassess and recalibrate absolutely everything and meant transforming my physical strength into mental strength.

“Doddie has done just that and completely taken it in his stride. He’s extremely happy and cheerful, and that positive attitude has had a huge impact on me.

“Although we’re going through two very different things, I really look up to him as a role model. The way he approaches each day with drive and determination is amazing, and he’s inspired me to live my life the same way.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 u2013 ArrivalsDoddie Weir is a personal inspiration for Henry Fraser, who has produced artwork inspired by his tartan (Ian Rutherford/PA)PA Archives/PA Images – Ian Rutherford

Mr. Fraser has now created hundreds of designs, showcasing everything from famous sportsmen to exotic animals and landscapes.

Prints of the tartan painting can be purchased online via frameuk.net/product/henry-fraser/, with all proceeds from sales going directly to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which was set up by Doddie Weir.

Mr Fraser said: ‘Painting is not meant to be perfect.

“The lines are a little off and it’s not perfectly straight, but it’s an honest representation of what life is all about.

“This painting is a reflection of two people who struggled with something that changed their lives. Even though Doddie and I are going through two very different things, I think the piece brings our experiences together.

“Charities like the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation are absolutely essential when it comes to supporting people who are going through huge changes in their lives. If I can change the life of just one person with the funds we raise through these digital prints, then I’ll know it’s a job well done.

Jill Douglas, Managing Director of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, said: “We are so grateful to Henry for kindly creating this special painting for the foundation.

“Henry is an incredibly talented artist who shares the same positive outlook on life as Doddie. We truly appreciate his support and it’s because of people like Henry that we can continue to fund vital MND research and try to give back hope to people living with this terrible disease.

Comments are closed.