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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

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, Washington, DC and Stanford, California.

Raising two children and fulfilling the duties of a diplomat’s wife meant that I could not work in a 9-5 job. I could, however, study and practice the various types of art that I had loved as a child.

Each country’s studies added to my artistic knowledge. Drawing, bold colors and abstract design were coupled with fine etching and silk screen techniques, for example, and this helped me to form my own personal style of portraying my images.

To me, creating art is like playing with color and line, and the fun I have in creating each image keeps my work looking young and playful.

I cannot see the details now that my macular deterioration has created certain blind spots in my vision, but this adds to the excitement of creating. I have come to believe that what one does not see, what is beneath the surface, is what the meaning of this piece actually is.”

Girl in White (self-portrait)

Mille Miglie: 1955 Austin-Healey 100S (1)