Brian Delozier said he was going through a difficult time in his life. So he created a piece of art called “Dot Nation” that he describes as “the most grueling, most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.”

The 17-foot-long piece will be on display as an ArtPrize entry.

Brian and his sister, Lindsey, recently visited Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to play music and talk about art. Children were invited to sing along with songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Brian only has partial use of his hands because a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. He has regained the ability to walk with supports, but not the full use of his hands.

To create his art, he grasps a fine-point marker and shapes many colored dots to form a picture. “Dot Nation” is made of 7 million dots.

Adjusting to his new life after the accident wasn’t easy.

“It was the struggle of a lifetime,” he said.

But Brian found the passion he knew he needed to find.

“My accident actually brought me to a better place,” he said.

Through everything, Brian said it was art that saved him.

“The worst thing I could have imagined actually turned into the greatest thing in my life,” he said.