WHEN Gary Largan turned blind six years ago, he decided he wasn’t going to sit back and let the disability beat him.
Instead, he picked up a paintbrush and began to express himself through art.
Now, his paintings are on display at the cafe in the Gosport Discovery Centre.
Gary, from Brockhurst Road in Gosport, is selling the paintings and giving all the profits to Leukaemia Research.
The 65-year-old had completely lost his sight by 2006, as a result of suffering from diabetes and eczema.
He took on the painting in a bid to distract himself from his disability and to give him something else to do.
He said: ‘I have been trying to keep myself occupied.
‘I had been writing poetry since before I was blind.
‘I found that I had just a little bit of talent.’
Gary has written a poetry book, which he sold copies of to donate to charity.
‘So far he has raised around £1,000 for Leukaemia Research, which he chose to support after losing a friend to the disease.
H e said painting has helped him hugely.
‘It helps me to express myself,’ he said.
‘It brought me and my wife together a bit more. She stands in the background and watches how I do it.’
Debbie Haines, an assistant at the Gosport Discovery Centre, added: ‘The paintings are very popular. People have been coming in just to see them.
‘There have been some good positive comments about his work.’
The Gosport Discovery Centre is in Gosport High Street and is open from 9.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturday.