When Grant Sharman was 15 he dived into a ruck during a school rugby game and broke his neck. That was more than 35 years ago. In the intervening period Grant has played for and coached the Wheel Blacks, has been the high performance director at Paralympics New Zealand and now has his sights set on representing New Zealand in shooting at the Rio games.

Grant is now a celebrated mouth painter who has had work published around the world and is one of just a hundred painters employed by the international Mouth and Foot Painting Artist’s association. However his artistic career got off to an inauspicious start. Carol Stiles talks to Grant about his life and work.

Grant Sharman