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Most of the work shown here is available for sale during our Passionate Focus 2022 event. Visit our event website and go to Browse Items and Art Exhibit to see the prices.
Carol grew up on a farm in Toulon, Illinois but now lives in Ft. Myers, Florida. She paints at the Lighthouse of Southwest Florida in their arts program.
"Sharing my art allows me to show how I visualize the world, how even blindness can be full of color and beauty; each piece a window into how I see without sight."
"I tend to think of them [colors] as music--one color might be like a cheerful little melody in a major key, another might sound bold and strong. Add them together and you have a new piece of hand-woven artwork."
“Now, with the unfailing encouragement of family and friends, I am happily allowing dreams, imaginings and stories to spill from the brush. My reduced physical vision has become a gateway to a richer, inner sight.”
Hesse’s intention is to show the viewer not only what she sees, but how she sees it.
"Due to my vision loss, my view of the world is puzzle perfect. A tiny piece, a band of color, how does it fit in to the bigger picture? Through my imagination the swirls become joined, and my art is whole."
“I create pieces in order to provoke inspiration and thus giving life to the human spirit.”
"Painting, for me, is about the exploration of lines, colors, and composition to discover/see what can be created visually."
"Order, placement and detail are necessary components of my work as well as in my everyday life. Art should extend beyond the frame and into the three-dimensional environment."
"I have been painting and drawing since I was 8 years old. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer this year."
"My style is like me, still evolving and a little quirky."
"Stylistically, my new images embrace technology-based art with new and intriguing methods. They are digitally enhanced photographic configurations which recontextualize for both the sighted and the blind the very nature of seeing."
"My goal as an artist is to break down the stigma of blindness, one brushstroke at a time - we as artists can bring in a different perspective by expanding your vision of style and design."
"I have had an interest in making things since childhood. I have always had a fascination with cars and have enjoyed forming things from clay. I have combined my interests in these two things to create my work."
Much of Sam’s work is inspired by the humor that can be found in ordinary language and symbols.
"Making time to take pictures not only connects me with nature and the present moment, but also with nature’s rhythms across the span of time."
"For me, creating art is not a choice but more of a sanctuary. I am never alone when I am alone with my art."