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Stroke of luck leads to positive ways of creating a new life
Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Wolf and his Christmas items on display. Photo by Zac.

Located near the pedestrian crossing on the Main Road in Blackwood, adjacent to the Foodland carpark, local artist, Wolfgang (Wolf) Karschiimkus sells from a display his various Christmas cards, artworks, jigsaws, wooden puzzles,coffee cups, mini iPad covers, iPhone covers, USBs, pens and more.

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Notebook covers $15.00 Photo by Meri

All these items stem from and feature in one way or another, his original paintings, which he paints in acrylic on canvas. His bold bright coloured images are scanned and printed as Christmas cards and onto a variety of items.

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Wolf's Christmas cards. Photo courtesy of Meri.

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Rhino jigsaw a3 size: $35. Photo by Meri.

Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas, he can be seen with his display of Christmas wares. You can learn more about Wolf by clicking HERE.

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Wolf painting in his studio. Photo by Zac.

Wolf, as he prefers to be called, is a local identity in the Blackwood area. Some people know him as "The Card Man", with his own range of Christmas greeting cards. Others know him as the artist, who at 52 years suffered a major stroke in 2006. As part of his intensive rehabilitation program he began painting on canvas. Despite intensive physio and daily massaging from his wife Meri, the use of his right side has not returned in any form.

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
African warrior by Wolf. Photo by Meri.

"But that is okay," says Meri, "because Wolf has learnt to live life to its fullest using the other side of his body. With continuing art tuition from Di Rawnsley, his painting has improved with his fine detail, as his left hand is much steadier now."

Wolf said, "I am able to talk to people a lot more now. I am finding my speech is improving so I am able to chat with people and answer their questions, as well as handle money."

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Hills Hoist by Wolf. Photo by Meri.

Nowadays, Wolf does not have the pressure of a stressful job. He works at his rehab, program and he works hard at his painting.

Said Meri, "For some people, and Wolf was one, he allowed his work as an accountant in the business world, to become a huge part of his life. Since he suffered with his stroke, we believe we are enjoying our lives together and appreciating our family and one another more. I really do think we are happier people. It may seem strange to some people, but we refer to it as 'a stroke of luck."

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Jigsaw by Wolf. Photo by Meri.

Wolf's range of Christmas items can be purchased from him at his display or by contacting either Meri or Wolf at home : 8370 2894 or on mobile 0411 367 276 or email:

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Crooked Houses by Wolf. Photo by Meri.

Wolf's original paintings and prints are available by appointment from his home address:
1 B Pasteur Avenue, Hawthorndene SA 5051

Merry Christmas from Wolf Karschimkus
Through Wolf's eyes. Photo by Meri.
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Phone: Home: 8370 2894 or Mob: 0448 767 279
Where: Adjacent to Foodland, Main Road, Blackwood & 1 B Pasteur Avenue, Hawthorndene SA 5051
Cost: varies with different items.
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