Brad's Beat: 7th and Maiden Lane Artist

Published 07/02 2013 06:56PM

Updated 07/03 2013 09:26AM

JOPLIN, MO.--- A colorful character is turning some heads at 7th and Maiden Lane in Joplin. Thomas Babysteps is a disabled Navy veteran and he earns some extra money by selling his art to motorists. He got started a few years ago with a paint by numbers kit.

He practiced while he was recovering in a veterans hospital. Thomas says people are supportive of his hobby and wave and talk to him every time he's set up on the corner.

"I'd say Joplin is one of the few places in Missouri I could do this, where its got enough traffic but people are friendly enough," said Thomas Babysteps, Artist.

If you would like to check out his art, he's set up on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. at 7th and Maiden Lane.

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