John Bramblitt: Award Winning Blind Painter
John is an award winning artist that began painting after losing his sight in 2001 following a series of severe seizures. Despite the loss of vision, John learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers and using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas. His technique called haptic visualization, enables him to “see” his subjects through touch.
John’s art has been displayed in more than thirty countries, and he has been the subject of numerous media stories including a documentary that won several film awards and a video that was voted Most Inspirational Video of 2008 (Youtube). He was awarded three U.S. presidential awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007 for his creation of a series of free art workshops designed to bring art to people and neighborhoods which lack access to art instruction.