Empathy-The Good Mother by James Boyd
Size: 12 in x 9 in
I have always appreciated art, especially painting, but never attempted to create anything myself. A few years ago I started to become blind, and (perhaps bizarrely) as a challenge and as a way of dealing with the nightmare of my fading vision, I started to paint. At the heart of the darkness enveloping me I had more and more difficulty recognizing people or even what I was eating. Fortunately, I was encouraged by friends and inspired by the visual and emotional memory of two of my favorite films; “Good Will Hunting” and “Room With a View.” They resonated with my own life experiences, each in their own ways.
After being legally blind for some time I underwent surgery and regained most of my vision; a really life-changing event. I want to share with you some examples of my work. Do bare in mind I have never had an art lesson and am entirely self-taught. My art has truly saved me and my goal is to continue learning, growing, and evolving, I would someday like to work with the visually impaired.