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Art helps Gordon after accident.

Byline: Gordon R Farmer

MY NAME is Gordon R Farmer. I am a disabled artist and I taught myself to draw.

A former coal miner, I live in a little village called Pontyrhyl, Bridgend.

I am now 74. I started to draw after my accident in 2000 as a means of therapy to overcome pain that the accident left me suffering.

With enough concentration I can rise above the pain level for a while. I have the use of one eye, but I can see OK.

My art is not a business, so my art is not for sale.

I have drawn the whole Welsh international rugby team, along with the offi-cials and many of the older players like Ray Gravell, JPR Williams, Mervyn Davies and Tommy David, just to name a few.

I now paint a little and I use sharp little sticks of wood along with a paint brush or two - again, nothing special, and I only paint from photographs.

The key for myself is quiet and music like country and rock 'n' roll. Max Boyce once called me the Picasso from the Garw Valley.

I use pencil grade B1 to B9 and a few H grade - nothing special.

CAPTION(S):

Griff Rhys Jones

Paul O'Connell

A horse

Paul Moriarty

Eli Walker

Ryan Jones

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 4, 2015
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