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John Bramblitt has become an internationally renowned artist having sold work in over 20 countries, been in some of the world’s largest print and broadcast media and been the subject of two award winning documentaries…all after he lost his sight in 2001.

When John lost the last of his vision 14 years ago due to complications with epilepsy, his hopes of becoming a creative writing teacher were shattered and he sunk into a deep depression. He felt disconnected from family and friends, alienated and alone.

But then something amazing happened-- he discovered painting. He learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers. He taught himself how to paint using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas, and through something called haptic visualization, which enables him to "see" his subjects through touch. He now paints amazingly life-like portraits of people he's never seen--including his wife and son.

He also runs workshops that are unique in the art world in that they not only span the gap between beginner and professional artists, but also include adaptive techniques for people with disabilities. According to John, “Everyone has an artist somewhere in them; sometimes they just need a little help letting it out.”

John is a true inspiration and we wish him continued success in the future. Keep up to date with John’s latest work via his website.


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