A “Single Handed” Triumph of Artistic Talent

by Paula Detwiller

My friend AJ Brockman, a Palm Beach Gardens graphic artist, doesn’t let Spinal Muscular Atrophy interfere with his art. “With the use of two fingers on my left hand, I am able to manipulate a mouse and have no limitations due to my disability,” he says.

AJ Brockman creating his unique art.

A wheelchair user since the age of 2, AJ, now 23, has become an accomplished digital artist, using computer software to paint portraits, landscapes, and poster art. Six of his most recent works are on display in the “Vivid Expression of Art” exhibit at the 110 East Atlantic Ave. Art Exhibit Space in Delray Beach through August 26th.

On Thursday, August 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., AJ will do a live demonstration and lecture on his unique digital painting technique at the 110 East Atlantic Center. The event coincides with Delray Beach’s “Arts, Beats & Eats” (formerly called Art & Jazz on the Avenue).

Followers of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon may remember AJ from his many childhood appearances on the show. A video clip of him introducing the Telethon appears on his personal website.

AJ realized at a young age that art was his passion. Computer technology has enabled him to put his passion to work, both at his day job as a graphic designer for Full Color Creative and in his free time as an artist. His own fine art business is aptly named Single Handed Studio.

My favorite of AJ's current collection, "Nozrider," takes me back to the surfing beaches of California.

On his website, AJ says his disability influences who he is, but “does not define me as an artist or individual. I view myself as being ‘differently abled’ rather than ‘disabled’ and I live life to the fullest every day,” he says.

HOW TO GET THERE:  The 110 East Atlantic Ave. Art Exhibit Space is nestled between Café de France and Prime restaurant between SE 1st and 2nd Avenues, just east of Old School Square in Delray Beach.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please contact AJ Brockman at (561) 234-0991 or Grace Greenberg,  110 East Atlantic art curator, at (561) 542-1330.