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Stewart Hill.<br />
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An army hero who suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan is now forging a new career as a portrait painter after art became part of his recovery.<br />
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To the unknowing eye Lt Col Stewart Hill looks a picture of health, but he has a severe traumatic brain injury after an IED exploded next to him nine years ago.<br />
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Lt Col Hill was medically discharged from the army but his injuries make it impossible for him to maintain a 'normal' job.<br />
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Struggling to come to terms with what had happened he turned to painting, something he had not done since school, as part of his therapy.<br />
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But it has now turned into a career, with him winning prestigious prizes and lining up a host of well-known faces to sit for him including actor Ray Winstone, TV presenter Nick Knowles and choirmaster Gareth Malone.