Repairman, 45, woke up from a stroke to discover a new talent for ART

Newly discovered talent: Wayne Sheppard, 45, discovered that he had the ability to create extraordinary paintings after suffering an attack that affected the right side of his brain. In the photo, Mr. Sheppard in the study of his house surrounded by examples of his vibrant work

A repairman revealed how he woke up after suffering a stroke and discovered that he had developed a new talent for painting.

Wayne Sheppard, 45, of Plumstead, in south-east London, had never been able to draw or paint, struggling even to create basic shapes like a circle or a square.

But that changed when he suffered a stroke at work in December 2016.

Experts believe that damage to the right side of the brain, which is linked to creativity, can allow artistic and musical skills to flourish as new neurological pathways are created.

For Mr. Sheppard, the injury left him with a "sudden impulse to draw" and is now so skilled that he sells pieces for up to £ 400.

Newly discovered talent: Wayne Sheppard, 45, discovered that he had the ability to create extraordinary paintings after suffering an attack that affected the right side of his brain. In the photo, Mr. Sheppard in the study of his house surrounded by examples of his vibrant work

Newly discovered talent: Wayne Sheppard, 45, discovered that he had the ability to create extraordinary paintings after suffering an attack that affected the right side of his brain. In the photo, Mr. Sheppard in the study of his house surrounded by examples of his vibrant work

He also told how he has given a "purpose". while fighting against cancer in stage 4.

Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mirror, he said: "I remember waking up in the hospital the day after my attack with this sudden urge to draw.

"At first I thought it was out of boredom." My girlfriend handed me her notebook and I started scribbling.

& # 39; I started drawing this 4D pattern. I did not really know what I was doing, but I felt I had to. I felt possessed. "

Changes in life: Mr. Sheppard, pictured, was admitted to the hospital one day after collapsing during his shift at the Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, shortly before Christmas. Doctors discovered that he had a stroke and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

Changes in life: Mr. Sheppard, pictured, was admitted to the hospital one day after collapsing during his shift at the Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, shortly before Christmas. Doctors discovered that he had a stroke and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

Changes in life: Mr. Sheppard, pictured, was admitted to the hospital one day after collapsing during his shift at the Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, shortly before Christmas. Doctors discovered that he had a stroke and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

Creative point of sale: Sheppard said the painting gives it a 'purpose'. while fighting against his cancer. The artist spends up to 10 hours a day creating works of art like this Portrait of David Bowie

Creative point of sale: Sheppard said the painting gives it a 'purpose'. while fighting against his cancer. The artist spends up to 10 hours a day creating works of art like this Portrait of David Bowie

Creative point of sale: Sheppard said the painting gives it a 'purpose'. while fighting against his cancer. The artist spends up to 10 hours a day creating works of art like this Portrait of David Bowie

Sheppard was admitted to the hospital one day after collapsing during his shift at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, shortly before Christmas.

An MRI revealed that he had suffered a stroke that cut off the blood supply to the right side of his brain, causing tissue death.

How can a coup lead to new talent?

Doctors believe that patients can experience newly discovered creativity after a stroke as a result of the brain rewriting itself after the injury.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is cut off.

The blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood, your brain cells can be damaged or killed.

The brain is often reconnected to avoid damaged parts. This is what can lead to the formation of new neurological pathways, which results in new skills or ways of thinking.

Such a lesion also causes what is known as a foreign accent syndrome, when a patient with a brain injury develops a completely new accent.

Newly discovered creativity can arise when the brain is reconnected to avoid these damaged parts, resulting in the rapid learning of a skill.

There have been several cases that suggest a link between brain injury and creativity and language, and patients who wake up discover that they developed new skills overnight.

In the case of Mr. Sheppard, he also discovered that his native South African accent was beginning to change in the weeks after the incident.

He said: I woke up and started talking in this strange language, almost like tongues. Throughout the day, little by little it became this strange mixture of Northern Irish, Welsh and Scouse, which I still have. "

Additional evidence showed that Mr. Sheppard also had cancerous tumors in the lungs, spleen, and liver and was later diagnosed with stage 4 non-hodgkin lymphoma.

Now Mr. Sheppard paints up to 10 hours a day as a way to stay focused and performed while undergoing chemotherapy and treatment for his condition.

New beginning: Mr. Sheppard sells some of his paintings in markets, including the one above

New beginning: Mr. Sheppard sells some of his paintings in markets, including the one above

New beginning: Mr. Sheppard sells some of his paintings in markets, including the one above

More expensive: the artist's version of the Mona Lisa, pictured, sold for £ 400 in a market

More expensive: the artist's version of the Mona Lisa, pictured, sold for £ 400 in a market

More expensive: the artist's version of the Mona Lisa, pictured, sold for £ 400 in a market

Her work, which she presents on Facebook, covers a wide range of topics, from landscapes to portraits, she has also received commissions from friends and acquaintances.

His best-selling piece was an interpretation of the Mona Lisa, which was sold in a market for £ 400.

Sheppard added that he is grateful for his new talent because it has given him a "purpose".

"I'm glad I have this talent because I would not be here otherwise, it gave me a reason to live."

Talent: Mr. Sheppard's paintings include portraits, landscapes and abstract works. Represented an example of the colorful creations shared on the artist's Facebook page

Talent: Mr. Sheppard's paintings include portraits, landscapes and abstract works. Represented an example of the colorful creations shared on the artist's Facebook page

Talent: Mr. Sheppard's paintings include portraits, landscapes and abstract works. Represented an example of the colorful creations shared on the artist's Facebook page

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