Experiential learning for RMP Therapeutic Recreation Student helps bring dreams to reality for local artist.
“I literally paint with my head! Tom Owens, 53 was born with Cerebral palsy and has little use of his hands. Thomas has found that painting landscapes are an unusual way for him to be productive and creative despite his everyday challenges. He also enjoys sharing his passion and talent with other in his community”
Thomas Owens Jr.
An experiential learning component of an RMP course, “Assessment and Treatment Planning for Therapeutic Recreation” brought Loren Fiske and Tom Owens together to work on his goal of getting his artwork into the community. Tom has cerebral palsy and is unable to hold a paintbrush in his hand. He lives at Betty’s Dream an accessible housing program for individuals with physical disabilities in Portsmouth, NH where his art teacher Doug Harnden helps him to paint using his head. Tom’ simple modification of mounting a paintbrush onto a baseball cap allows him to paint stunning landscapes. Loren and Tom met weekly throughout the Spring 2013 semester at Tom’s apartment where they devoted time to finding a place in the community where he could display his landscape paintings. By the end of the semester, Tom was given gallery space at the NH Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
You will find Tom’s work at the New Hampshire Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery located at 136 State St., Portsmouth, from Sept. 4 through Sept. 27.