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On February 22, 1888, a young boy named Horace was born in Pennsylvania. By the time Horace was three, he was drawing. He would use charcoal from the stove and draw whenever he could. When he won an artist's kit, he was finally able to add color to his drawings. As a young man, Horace went to war and his right arm was injured. He could no longer draw. Oh how he longed to be able to capture the images in his head. One day he decided to try something new. He tried using his left hand to support his right and started painting. Would this work?
always loved to draw and paint. Even when he was
very young, his friends and
family asked him to draw their favorite scenes.
Throughout his life Horace had many challenges to
overcome on his way to
becoming an artist. His family was very
poor leaving very little money for painting
supplies. Horace had to leave school in eighth
help financially support his family. He became a soldier
and while fighting was
seriously injured. He no longer was able
to use his right arm. Doctors told him
he would never paint again, but Horace
never lost his desire to paint. He used
his good arm to strengthen and train his weak arm.
Once again, he was an artist creating
realistic paintings with a splash of red.
Persisting through all of his challenges Horace Pippin
American master painter. (Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)