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Archive: May 2021

Rosemarie Fortney

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Rosemarie Fortney

Patron Sponsor:   “My love of making art continues to grow well beyond my studies at Cardinal Stritch and Mt. Mary Universities in the Midwest. “My means of artistic expression cannot help but be influenced by the progression of vision loss from retinitis pigmentosa. “Limited tunnel vision, which some may view as a ‘limiting factor’ […] Read More »

Virginia Knepper Doyle

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Virginia Knepper Doyle

“After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley (1955) with a BA degree in English and Psychology, and working at the Harvard Business Review as an editorial assistant, I began a life as a Foreign Service wife which led me to living in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Switzerland and France, as well as Massachusetts, […] Read More »

Leticia de Guzman

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Leticia de Guzman

“I am a native of the Philippines and migrated to the United States in 1968. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and practiced my profession at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “I was born with poor vision and medical doctor in my country was able to diagnose it. My eye condition was […] Read More »

Stella De Genova

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Stella De Genova

Patron Sponsor:   “What is left of my vision is a couple of muted colors but mostly shades of gray.  I have a minimal field of vision and what I do see is blurred.  As natural or artificial light around me dims, so does my vision.  Working on a painting has become more and more […] Read More »

Hamilton Eugene Byrd

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Hamilton Eugene Byrd

Patron Sponsor:   “I am still teaching others the joy of painting.  Still learning and enjoy sharing art with all that come to learn how to paint.  I have been drawing and painting for a long time and will do so as long as I am able. Being blessed with this talent is the greatest […] Read More »

Julie Bruno

May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Julie Bruno

Patron Sponsor:   “I was diagnosed with RP 35 years ago.  One day, someone told me that I was not artistic.  I decided to prove them wrong.  Having been raised with a mindset that “if you try you CAN,” I decided to not let RP win. I am self-taught and generally focus on architecturals. However, […] Read More »

Charles Blackwell

May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Charles Blackwell

Patron Sponsor:   “I create pieces in order to provoke inspiration and thus giving life to the human spirit.” As a young man, Charles Blackwell’s visual arts studies at Sacramento City College were cut short after he fell head first down a steep slope, damaging his eyesight. “My blindness, in a sense, gives me the […] Read More »

Constance Avery

May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Constance Avery

Sponsored by   The influences of nature, light, and color were hindered by cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa/usher’s syndrome from the beginning of my painting career. After having the cataracts removed, the colors and brightness of nature and life around me became my guide and inspiration to move forward in life. Even though the RP keeps […] Read More »

Kurt T. West

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Kurt T. West

Once a world class glamour photographer Kurt Weston, now a legally blind artist, offers alternative views and perspectives, recontextualizing his fashion portraits and fashion runway scenes with a photo-impressionist perspective.  Weston’s highly stylized color saturated images capture the look, as well as, the feel of contemporary fashion, highlighting the aesthetics of clothing, hairstyle and the […] Read More »

Frank Valliere

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Frank Valliere

Raised in New England and schooled in Boston, Frank Valliere explored many mediums and subjects. He has worked the last forty-five years as an all-purpose illustrator, designer, fabricator, and restorer of everything from jewelry and handbags to furniture, to gardens, landscapes, and houses, to vehicle toys and bicycles. Light, color, shape, and texture combine to […] Read More »