Video: Reno painter uses technology to brush off limitations

by ALEX POMPLIANO

For over a year now, Connor Fogal has been working endlessly painting and exhibiting his art out of his studio and store, located in Shopper’s Square mall in Reno. When the 20-year-old isn’t painting in his studio, he works on his website My Life On Wheels where he also sells his work and posts his own videos. His goal is to bring awareness to the world about all types of disabilities.

Fogal was born with Cerebral Palsy, a movement disorder caused by damage to the brain before, during or soon after birth. This disorder affects brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. Fogal’s case of Cerebral Palsy was unusually severe; at birth, his parents were told that he would never be able to walk or talk.  However, Fogal soon began learning verbal and nonverbal signals to communicate. At the age of four, he began to talk.

Connor Fogal sits in his Reno home. Photo by Alex Pompliano

Connor Fogal sits in his Reno home. Photo by Alex Pompliano

Years ago, Fogal became invested in learning how to paint with his condition through assistive technology. In order to paint, Connor must wear a brace device that wraps around his head. A paintbrush is then attached to the device. While at first Fogal gave his paintings away to friends and relatives for Christmas, he now views the craft as his primary passion and career.



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