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Disabled man sells artwork after life-changing accident

Daren Hall painting
Daren Hall painting Image credit: oxfordmail.co.uk

A disabled man who was left with life-changing injuries from a serious road accident is selling his art to help him overcome his trauma.

Darren Hall, 48, was knocked off his cycle by a car in 2012 whilst going out for a bike ride in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany.

Now living in Carterton, Oxfordshire with his wife Andrea, 49, he recalled the accident to a local publication.

Hall told the Oxford Mail: “From eyewitness accounts, I T-boned the car with my knees and right leg taking the brunt of the impact, and landed approximately 30m away, avoiding a lamppost by inches as I flew through the air.

“It still has a profound effect on my whole life, I’m scarred and have severe pain in my knees and right leg.

“Following the accident, I had six operations on my right knee and my leg was surgically broken in the two years following the accident.

“I have many other injuries, and having been born with Spina bifida, my pelvis and spine have struggled to cope with my lack of mobility.

“I was declared physically disabled in 2015, and it broke me mentally.

“I have severe short-term memory loss with advancement to early dementia and a hell of a lot of my life’s memories and people have disappeared.

“I walk with a stick all of the time, I have a wheelchair and mobility scooter for outings out of the house, and I wear a medical watch for my falls.

“I have lists on a blackboard to tell me what to do and what to not forget to do.”

Despite living with the life-changing injury Hall has found a new lease of life by taking up art.

He said: “What I also have in my favour is art in my life.

“It takes me away from the horrors that fill my head and hurt my body.

“Art has been my saviour throughout my whole life, I have had art in my life since I was a very young child.

“Art was my relaxation tool for getting away from the world and my thoughts, but it was just a hobby.

“It has been a very lucky distraction from chronic nightmares and uncomfortable sleep at night.”

Hall admits his artistic skills are now limited after the road accident, although it hasn’t stopped him from painting more masterpieces.

“I am struggling to draw anymore due to my brain issues so painting is my only regular outlet but I love it and let so much out in my paintings,” he said.

“I can wake early or late at night and be suddenly be struck by a moment and I have to head for my studio.

“Whenever I need it, is it’s there, and I am so lucky and very grateful.

“I started selling my art in 2019 full-time from my website and social media.

“I am also hoping to open my studio in baby steps with the help of my sister Jodie.”

Lady in Red by Darren Hall

You can admire Darren Hall’s artwork on his website.