Jefferson Kaine
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Jefferson Kaine

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Visual Art – Calgary, ALB

In 2009 I had a life changing event occur; I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease. This disease has taken its toll on me, one eye is completely lost. The loss of vision in the other eye has slowed somewhat, however it is only a matter of time. As of mid-2018 I am now legally blind. So why would someone losing eye sight wants to paint? Perhaps it was a push in direction that he wanted to go in, or the life lesson of living with this loss realizing life does not wait. Take the risk, embrace the fear and trust in yourself. I started by dropping paint on canvas and watching the effects of that. I knew that this something that resonated with me. I sought out instruction and support to move my art forward. I draw inspiration from life experiences and interaction with fellow artists. The contrast in his images is a direct reflection of lessening vision, and strong emotional statements. Painting in low light and the dark brings some tranquility, and eases the pain of light to his good eye. The solitude of painting gives me the chance to reflect on life and realize how lucky I am. I have learned that this is just part of the journey, I am not sure of the destination; however being able to share it with so through art has made it a much more interesting place. ...more