John had epilepsy from the age of 11 and over the next 19 years it slowly caused him to lose his eyesight.
At the age of 30, the artist from Denton in Texas was completely blind. Despite this, he decided that an inability to see should not prevent him from painting.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, he “sees” colors that go unnoticed to the naked eye.
Using his hands in place of his eyes, the artist feels his way across the canvas as he paints.
He uses one hand to feel the canvas and the other to fill it in with paint.
John uses textured paint that dries fast and leaves raised bumps.
He says, “The raised lines are a map for me. It’s a way to guide myself across the canvas.”
In addition to the special paints, Bramblitt can also feel different colors.