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Seattle Artists Faces The World One Brush Stoke At A Time

SEATTLE - They spend a lot of time in their Seattle garden.


"I think we're going to have a bumper crops of grapes again," says Anne Wikstrom to her husband Brom.


Brom Wikstrom is paralyzed from the chest down. Brom is his wife's inspiration.


"He gets up everyday in a wonderful mood , he wakes up ready to face the world," says Anne.


Positive energy oozes out of Brom, who would use his hands if he could, to do the one thing he lives for. His art.


You have to look at the details in his paintings, and then see how he does it. Brom paints with his mouth, holding the brush steady with his teeth.


"I have to limit my coffee intake so I'm a little steadier," he says as he paints.


A diving accident 30 years ago paralyzed Brom. Thank goodness for his friend.


"He pulled me out. I probably held my breath a couple of minutes," he says.


Brom was 21. He decided then to focus on the things he could do. "Not what I can't," he says.


Now at 51, this Seattle artist has just returned from China where his work was exhibited. Many years ago, before his hair turned gray, Brom painted for the Emperor and Empress of Japan.


Brom's wife tells me he's gone through many phases as an artist. His dark phase. And his heart phase. Because of his love for Anne? "Well maybe," she laughs.


And after 9-11, Brom Wikstrom painted and kept painting these figures that represent each victim.


Interesting word: "victim".


It's a word that you will never hear Brom Wikstrom use to refer to himself.


For more information about Brom and his work you can go to www.bromwikstrom.com

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