How may of us moan that we have too much to do, or that we just don’t know how we are going to fit things in? How many grumble that we can’t lose weight, or go out and buy the things that we desire? Alison Lappers story is both an inspiration and a lesson to us all. I watched her recently in interview on the Jeremy Kyle show, and was bowled over with her positivity and passion for art, her son, and life in general.

Born with no arms, and shortened legs, and being given away at birth, Alison has overcome all of these obstacles and is now a highly successful woman.The fact that she got a first class honours degree in fine art, and is also raising her son as a single mum is a testament to her sheer determination.I finished watching the programme being quite resolute that i would no longer moan about the limitations in my life, instead i would embrace my abilities, and make the most of them, as to not use them would indeed be  crime.

I didn’t watch the programme feeling sorry for Alison at all, as i knew that pity would be something she would abhor. Instead i found myself feeling quite envious of the amazing passion she had  for life, and the fact that she truly loved herself just the way she was – and why not? she is not only a beautiful woman, but also a beautiful soul as well. 

The majority of her art is very digital/photographic  based,although she is also a mouth painter as well.She addresses the prejudices that exist within society about disability.In fact she doesn’t just address them she smacks them in the face!!!!

I totally agree with what she says, and although not disabled myself i have a strong passion for the fact that it is us able-bodied people who often enhance others lack of ability and indeed dis – able them more. We need to realise that we are all the same, and we all have the same share of this earth, and should all have the same rights and privileges. I recently spoke to someone who said they were annoyed that when they got on the bus with a pushchair they couldn’t put it where they used to as its now reserved for wheelchairs! My reply was that she was capable of walking to the back of the bus, but the wheelchair user wasnt, and that maybe she wouldnt be saying that if she was the one in the wheelchair? I think my words were wasted though…

I am so happy to see that a 12ft high statue of Alison ,created by Mark Quinn, has been left for 18 months on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, at the end of Anthony Gormleys ‘Fourth Plinth Project’ for us all to see – in amongst all the heros from the wars, we now have a new hero – an unmarried mother, with no arms who paints with her mouth, and is amazingly successful at it! Personally i think it would stay for a lot longer than 18 months, or at least until i get down there to see it!