E044 Brain Injury Transforms Prominent Attorney into Impassioned Artist - Patrick Fagerberg


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Patrick Fagerberg and he was making national headlines as a hired gun, hotshot defense attorney and he had his personal and professional life going full throttle but one evening in 2011 it all came to an abrupt stop due to a fluke accident and a life altering brain injury. A night in March, 2011 he was attending a concert in Austin Texas and was standing a few feet in front of the stage when a 400 pound camera boom came crashing into the crowd and it hit him right on the top of the head. His law career was ended and who he was as a person up to that moment was gone. As he describes it, that Patrick died.

"It felt like the entire building fell on me."

He suffered an extensive brain injury but in the process developed what doctors call savant syndrome where people acquire savant like skills in art, music and/or mathematics. Patrick went through extensive rehab to reclaim his life and in the process, developed the ability and passion to paint and paint he did. He voraciously learned a lifetime of art education and experience in the years that followed and his passion for his art and the owner of an art gallery in Houston Texas ended up saving his life. Help the Go Hunt Life podcast impact 1 million people by donating to the journey. Click the 'Become a Patron' button. Donate as little as $1 per episode, get behind the scenes access to the show and receive a shout-out on the next episode. In this episode we discuss... His life as a defense attorney in Austin and switching spots with a women at the concert minutes before the camera boom fell. Going home 6 hours after the accident thankful that his neck wasn't broken but 1 day later not being able to form sentences.

"Oh shit, I'm in trouble. My fucking brain is not working."

Realizing that his brain use to have superhighways running through it to process information but now it has small roads with detours and some roads are closed. The whole processing is different. Him realizing that he had acquired a skill and passion for painting. Patrick didn't just acquire the skill of painting though. He acquired the passion for it that consumed his life for years. He learned a lifetime of the art of painting in a few short years and the results landed him at the Gremillion Fine Art Gallery in Houston. Patrick explains how his newfound passion for art and Ron Gremillion, Founder of Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, literally saved his life and it started with this statement:

"Patrick, that painting is perfect. I've said that 4 times in my 40 year career." - Ron Gremillion

Patrick's journey is one of horrible tragedy and a second chance at life through his perseverance and talent. Show Notes Patrick's site with his works of art: fagerbergart.com On Facebook: @PFagerberg Vimeo Video: Embracing the Sublime Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Houston, TX Thank you to Matt Lankes of Matt Lankes Photography for the introduction to Patrick. Sponsors PrintDirtCheap.com – Rockstars in printing with over 30 categories of printing products doing it FAST and doing it CHEAP. Use promo code ‘LIFEHUNTER’ for $10 off of your print job or request a free sample of their work. Check out clickplacement.com to design your search engine marketing strategies and launch an epic PPC campaign. Support the Go Hunt Life show by making a donation to help keep the life hunter stories coming at Patreon.com/gohuntlife Editing and production by: FriedoNation.com Mic used on the Go Hunt Life podcast: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Check out all of the podcast episodes: Go Hunt Life on iTunes

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