Indeed, while his condition had rendered him unable to grip pens, pencils or paint brushes, what he could do was steady one hand with the other to depress the keys on the typewriter. Over the next four years, then, he would develop his style as he began producing these breathtaking works of art.
And that seemed to be a major turning point in his life. Having been unable to walk or talk at 11, moreover, by the age of 16 Smith was able to speak – albeit with great difficulty. Then, at the age of 32, he would stand on his own two feet and could walk for the first time. Both were achievements that doctors had thought were unattainable.