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92-year-old Attleboro artist reflects on a lifelong journey to create

<p>Hans Seidi, 92, works on a painting in his room at the Victorian Mansion in Attleboro.</p>

Hans Seidi, 92, works on a painting in his room at the Victorian Mansion in Attleboro.

It's 10 in the morning and Hans Seidl is already hard at work on his latest creation: a painting of a horse for his granddaughter.

"Art is a search," said Seidl, 92, who still works with his paints seven days a week. "I can have a painting in my mind, but when I put it down on canvas it's not quite the same. It's the search that's interesting."

That search has been going on for more than a half-century for the self-trained artist and assisted living founder whose studio is in the Victorian Mansion housing facility he and his late wife purchased in 1966.

The World War II Army veteran first felt the urge to pick up a brush after his discharge from the service, looking for a way to express himself.

His art talent came as something of a surprise, even to Seidl himself.

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