INSPIRATIONAL Luke Walker proudly shows off his fantastic latest piece of art work – painted using a paintbrush attached to his cap.
Cerebral Palsy sufferer Luke, 26, has never been able to use his hands but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying everyday tasks.
Ever since his dad, John, 58, came up with the idea to attach a pointing device to his cap he has been able to use computers and phones, giving him “a new lease of life”.
And using incredible amounts of focus and skill, Luke also uses the tool to do art work – and his latest design is his most impressive to date.
Thanks to the help of relative Eddie Clarke, an artist and graduate at the Royal Academy of Art in London, Luke has been able to work using a new technique.
Eddie, who stopping his own art work due to family reasons four years ago, designs a number of stencils which Luke can then paint around on the page, allowing him to paint straight lines for the very first time.
And wheelchair-bound Luke is delighted with the outcome.
“I love doing my artwork,” he beamed.
“I want to say thank you to Eddie, if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been able to do this.”
Eddie, 50, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, worked with Luke on the painting for around six weeks and hailed Luke’s “incredible” skill.
He said: “Since I started working with Luke he has come on leaps and bounds.
“His skill with the brush is absolutely incredible, he is a fantastic artist.”
Despite suffering with Cerebral Palsy, Luke has never allowed the condition to hold him back.
His mum Diane, 56, said she tells him he “can do absolutely anything” as long as he has a bit of help – and that’s exactly what he has done.
His previous art work, which he designed with the help of Michael Ross, who works with charity Heel and Toe which helps those who suffer with Cerebral Palsy, went on exhibition at the Newcastle Building Society head office, in Newcastle.
Luke has raised around £2,500 for the charity, which is based in Framwellgate Moor, in County Durham.
And Luke also has high level maths and geography a-levels to his name, which he achieved when studying at the British International School of Budapest, when the family lived in Hungary, where he was also handed a Princess Diana award for his achievements.
Luke’s family now live on the Headland, but visit Budapest three times a year for Luke to continue his physio.
Mum Diane, who is also mum of Sophie, 24, said: “The new technique Luke has worked on with Eddie has been fantastic.
“Luke loves his art, he has improved so much over the last two years.
“Luke loves to get involved with things, he isn’t one for sitting in the background, he says all he wants to do is make everyone laugh.”