EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPAINTING THROUGH OBSTACLES
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A Man's Artwork Displayed, Overcomes Obstacles
Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Jan. 17, 2013 9:24 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 10:32 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Having his work displayed in public wasn't an idea that ran through Scottie Stowers' head.
"They welcomed me to come in and hang them up and honestly just seeing them hang up in a place like this it's amazing," said Stowers, "Gives me chills."
But now that it is displayed at Little India in Charleston, Stowers hopes it serves as an example of what can happen when you're willing to overcome any curveballs life may throw your way.
"I'm color blind deficient. I'm not completely color blind but I have a lot of trouble distinguishing colors. It was extremely difficult when I tried it as a kid and I tried to paint things where color mattered it the paintings, where I didn't have any help."
But now Stowers has that help from his wife and son.
When specific colors are needed, they help him mix paint to the right shade.
It's something his wife Marsha has come to enjoy, especially when Stowers painted his "Joker".
"I'm mixing up the green and I said 'Here's the green for the hair' and he said "What green?" And I was like 'The hair's green' because he had no idea. So it's kind of fun to watch him painting things and maybe he sees, you know he sees things so differently than we do and to see him think 'Oh he has green hair' you know he learn something from his paintings too."
And although he may not see the colors clearly, he has a clear vision - a vision that's gotten him to where he is today.
"Think outside the box. If I continued to paint landscapes or something like that like I tried when I was a kid, I would've never done it," said Stowers, "So you just have to adapt and find something that you can do."
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