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Paralysed artist creates artwork using just her eyes

Sarah Ezekiel Image copyright Inigo Alcaniz
Image caption Sarah Ezekiel has exhibited her work all over the world

A paralysed artist from north-west London will be auctioning off her art for charity, which she produced using her eyes.

Sarah Ezekiel, from Hendon, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) 15 years ago, uses eye tracking technology to create her work.

The mother of two can control her mouse with her eyes by either blinking or staring.

Mrs Ezekiel said the technology had allowed her to pursue her passion.

"Assistive technology isn't only about speaking for me. It enables me to do almost everything that able-bodied people can do. I email, read books, shop online, pay bills, use social media and paint," she said.

"I also have environmental controls, so I can operate my TV, curtains, page my carer and open my front door."

The 49-year-old started painting again in 2012 using a Tobii PCEye and has since exhibited her work all over the world, including at the Royal Academy Schools in the UK and the Katara Art Centre in Qatar.

"When MND took the mobility of my hands, I gave up on ever creating anything again. I still can't believe that I can paint with my eyes - and love it," she said.

Image copyright Sarah Ezekiel
Image caption Popred took five hours to produce by Sarah Ezekiel who wanted to create a piece of wall art
Image copyright Sarah Ezekiel
Image caption Proceeds from the sale of Mrs Ezekiel's work will go to the Matt Hampson Foundation
Image caption Mrs Ezekiel hopes to keep helping other people through her voluntary work

Her paintings will be on sale at branches of Furniture Village across the UK from Monday and all proceeds will be going to the Matt Hampson Foundation which helps people who have had debilitating accidents.

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