Kent

Paralysed racing driver Roger Pedrick's Kent art exhibition

  • 13 August 2014
  • From the section Kent

A racing driver who was left severely paralysed after a crash at Brands Hatch 37 years ago is opening the first exhibition of his artwork.

Roger Pedrick raced Formula Ford cars but spent seven years in hospital after the crash during a test drive in 1977.

He began to paint as a pastime, holding the brush between his teeth and using a machine that holds the canvases and spins the paintings.

In 1977 Roger Pedrick crashed a car he was testing leaving him with a broken neck. After spending five years in hospital he took up painting as a pastime.
Confined to a wheelchair, the Tunbride Wells resident learnt to paint by placing a brush in his mouth and using a special machine which holds and spins the canvas.
Roger gained a scholarship with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists and is now holding an exhibition of some of the work he has created during his lifetime.
The former racing driver paints nearly every day with each artwork taking between three hours and two weeks to create.
His work, which tends to involve bold and bright colours, has been turned into prints and cards.
Roger says painting gives him "a wonderful release from day to day problems which is a fantastic benefit to my outlook on life."
The 58-year-old says he hopes his paintings put a smile on people's faces.
The exhibition of more than 150 of his paintings will open at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on 15 August.

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