I've recently started doing artwork for people to heighten awareness about blindness. I have a hereditary condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I currenty have 1% of vision remaining. That can sometimes be confusing to people when they meet me.I sent my info in to Beth (who has a hilarious sense of humor, btw), and I received this beautiful piece of art from her:
I have severe night-blindness and almost complete tunnel vision. My central vision can be corrected to 20/30 with glasses which gives individuals with RP the nickname "the sighted blind". I have been blessed with a talent and will continue working with my artwork until I can no longer see light.
I enjoy working with pencil sketching and acrylics and am in the process of including watercolors to my art. I believe that working with my art keeps my eyes well trained and keeps my spirits high and is a great way to show people that just because I'm legally blind, I am still capable. If you are interested in having me do a sketch for you, feel free to send me a message. For detailed information regarding Retinitis Pigmentosa visit http://retina-international.org/.
Winter Forest ATC by Beth Meador (3.5 in x 2.5 in)
Beth's goal is to get her art into the hands of as many countries, provinces and states as possible before her lights go out. Check her My Space page: http://www.myspace.com/blindgirlartist for a map of where she has not yet reached and suggest someone to her, or share with a friend you may have in the region. No one asks for money, this is strictly for educational purposes - to get the word out about this tragic form of blindness!
Thank you, Beth, for showing us how to press beyond the health barriers that come into our lives. Often it just takes a change in perception to recognize there is opportunity beyond that stumbling block. You are an INCREDIBLE lady, and I'm still so touched that you cottoned on (as Mom would say) to my love for my bunnies. Blessing to you!
Ta for now, ~ky