Jay Ferger lives a colorful life despite disability

5:10 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - Jay Ferger's pieces are big.

"This drop is 12 by 21," said Ferger.

His determination, however, is even more impressive.

"I've been painting drops on these frames for over 30 years," he said.

Actually, he's painted the backdrop for theatrical performances at practically every theater in town.

"I did The Muny for 11 years," he said.

But sketching out a career as a scenic designer in St. Louis isn't easy.

"It's a struggle," Ferger said.

Unfortunately, a few years ago it became even harder for Ferger.

"I came down with something called cervical spine stenosis, bone chips in my vertebrae were impeding the spinal cord," he said.

It's something that just happened over time.

"They did surgery which stopped the progression, but didn't repair the damage," he said.

So he moves a little slower now, but he's still painting.

"That's what I do. You can't teach an old dog new tricks," Ferger joked.

And with every stroke he's proving that with passion and determination anything is possible.

The piece Ferger is currently working on will be the backdrop for a Jake's Leg benefit concert, with proceeds going to Rebuilding Together St. Louis.

You can learn more about the June 16th event by clicking here.


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