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Painting in the Dark: Blind Painter Creates a Vibrant World

Artist 'sees' his work in a whole new way

John Bramblitt has always been an artist, but it wasn't until he went blind that he truly found his artistic vision.

See also: Late-blooming artists explore their "inner genius."

It's been more than 10 years since Bramblitt, 37, lost the last vestiges of his dwindling eyesight, probably due to epilepsy. He confesses that the prospect of never drawing again left him in the "deepest, darkest hole." Then one day he tried "sketching" in a whole new way, using fast-drying paint squeezed from a tube to create a raised outline on paper. Feeling that outline with his fingers, he could paint inside and around those raised lines, discerning among colors solely by the consistency of each paint.

Now Bramblitt's haunting, colorful paintings are on display in galleries from Salt Lake City to Pittsburgh — but My Generation learned that the greatest beauty of the artist's work lies in his brave determination to be true to himself and his art, no matter what.

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