Blinded in 2001 by severe nerve damage, John Bramblitt is ironically an artist of immense vitality, passion and vision. In a style reminiscent of Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh, his vivid imagery strikes out from the canvas, captivating and bombarding the beholder with a sea of emotions and lush colors that scream across the threshold of artistic creation.
The artist is 40 years old and makes his home outside Dallas, Texas. When he first lost his vision a decade ago, he was angry, depressed and as lost as if he had been thrown overboard into an unforgiving ocean with no means to save himself. But John found his way back to shore when he began to paint, which he had never done before going blind. His paintings gave him a sense of control and a vehicle for self-expression.
John started painting because he needed to express himself creatively. From the beginning, it was more than a hobby as in his head swam many images that he needed to release in order to cope and move on. He began and continues painting in oil, utilizing his own special technique in which he coats the canvas with puff paint. This indicates which areas will be filled in with particular colors.
Painting has given him a reason to enjoy life. It keeps him serene and gives him a sense of belonging and purpose, which drives him out of bed every morning to face the dawn of a new day.
There is a part of him that wants to show the sighted people in the world exactly what he can do. His message to them is that while artwork is purely visual, perception has little to do with eye-sight. It is our mental capacities that enable us to comprehend the dynamics of the world.
His artwork connects him to the visual word he lost. He can now show others the way, which he does through his many art workshops. Even some sighted artists have come to him for guidance.
To learn more about this amazing blind man who can see the world in his own special way, visit http://bramblitt.net/.