Hooked on Art: Artist loses hands, continues to paint

Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:24pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:56pm

Becky Guinn says she has been passionate about art her entire life.

 " I think I decided in the fourth grade that I wanted to be an artist or an art teacher." 

She did just that, teaching art for years. However, 11 years ago Becky had to have heart surgery, during the procedure, she had an allergic reaction that caused most of her blood to clot, cutting off blood flow to her hands and feet. Becky says her chances of survival were slim.

" I flatlined twice..they called my family in to say their goodbyes."

Despite all odds..Becky survived. But she had to have her hands and feet amputated. 

Becky said, as an artist, hearing she would no longer have hands, broke her heart, but not her spirit.

 "When you go through something like that there's an urgency..and you're so grateful for every minute and every day.and that's how I feel..I feel extremely blessed to be here."

After the amputations, Becky was determined to pick up the paintbrush again, so she gave it a try.

 "It was like a hurdler clearing his first hurdle..it was good enough to keep me goin."

Now, you can find Becky, everyday in her art studio, creating beautiful water color paintings, using her prosthetic hands.

She's also created a program "Hooked on Art" where she shares her passion for art..and life with children of all ages.

Becky will host a "Hooked on Art" class Saturday from 1:00p.m. - 2:30p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Henderson.

Her website is: http://www.beckyguinn.org/ 

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