Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

Losing his vision was a turning point in Bramblitt’s life that he refers to as “the deepest darkest hole” and he knew that art was his way out. He began drawing the outline of his paintings with quick-drying paint so that he could trace the raised lines with his finger tips. He then began to fill in the spaces with color. Over the course of painting, he realized that every shade of a color has its own special texture. He uses braille on his tubes of paint but knows how to mix colors to find his perfect shade.


Watch Bramblitt tell his fascinating story in the video below. You can read a full interview with this inspiring artist on You can purchase prints of his work on his website.










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