MFPA Board Member Artist
- Born: 1956
- Lives in: Menorca
- Painting style: Mouth painter
- Subjects: Landscape
As the result of a motorbike accident in Switzerland in 1983 Andy Baker lost one arm and suffered complete paralysis in the other arm. He had always been artistic but, with an older brother and sister who were both successful artists, the fear of failure had prevented Andy from following their lead and going to art college. He was working part-time in antique restoration at the time of his accident but after leaving hospital decided to try painting by mouth.
In 1978 Trevor Wells was playing for Uxbridge Rugby Club when a collapsed scrum changed his life forever. Left permanently paralysed it was impossible for Trevor to return to carpentry, his career before his injury, but following long months in hospital he was persuaded to try painting by holding a brush in his mouth. Despite having no previous interest in art, Trevor devoted the same attention to detail in his painting as he had with carpentry, developing a distinctive style which has made him one of the MFPA's most recognised and popular artists.
Trevor met his wife Shirley when she treated him as a patient in her osteopathy practise. Their relationship developed and they married in 1990.The couple now live overseas but his role as a Board Member for the MFPA requires frequent international travel to attend meetings, conferences and exhibitions. Trevor is still an enthusiastic rugby fan, despite his own experience, and endeavours to follow the game as much as his hectic schedule allows.