One man's struggle over adversity has led to a new life as an artist.
Gary Nicholson, from Sunderland, worked as a joiner for thirty years, but following an operation to remove a tumour on his spine, he became paraplegic.
Now, he has transformed his life through art, and has opened his first exhibition.
Art has been Gary's therapy, it has transformed him, and his life. Eight years after an operation which left him disabled he's created stunning pieces in different mediums to form this exhibition - named Regeneration.
When Gary found himself disabled and unable to continue as a joiner, he began contemplating what to do with his life. He started art therapy classes which led to him studying at Sunderland University and creating this exhibition as part of a Masters degree.
The starting point of the exhibition was an MRI scan of Gary's spine following his operation.
The paintings then follow Gary's physical and mental journey from a very dark time into light and positivity.
Gary now hopes to create a new business in art therapy so he can help and inspire others.