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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Stella De Genova

“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 intimidating because I still want to hold my work up to the standards of the visual world. I realize that the colors or details may not be exact, and I can only hope that it can add to the personality of the painting.  Out of necessity, this makes my style more impressionistic.

“I work in the best possible lighting, which means daylight along with extra lamps and magnification for small areas.  I try to keep my pastels in good order so I have an idea of what color I’m using.  I work with pastels for their richness and the process of working from dark to light works well for me.  My compositions vary but they work best when I feel a personal connection. When I have finished a painting, I check my values and lines but the end result of my color choices is a surprise even to me.

“I have taken art classes through my life at the American Academy of Art, Art Institute of Chicago and LaGrange Art League and appreciate positive input.  My paintings have been exhibited at galleries, art fairs, restaurants and boutiques.

“For me, creating art is not a choice but more of a sanctuary.  I am never alone when I am alone with my art.  I mainly work in pastels now but I’m experimenting with collage and I also enjoy writing from time to time.”

Calabria, Italy

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