Art By Mary Case
Working as a Visually Impaired Artist
Lighting is essentially one of the most important elements to most artist. For me, lighting is everything! Working in bright, natural light is crucial for the best execution of my artwork. When working at night, in artificial light, I have been known to have an occasional surprise the next morning, when I discovered that I had painted with entirely the wrong colors! some of these mishaps have been some of my most creative moments!
I was born and raised in rural Indiana. Many of my first drawings were derived from wandering around our family farm collecting plants, flowers and charcoal sticks from the burn pile to scratch onto clean, white paper to create pictures from nature’s art materials.
My mother was a high school art teacher, so it was commonplace in our home to have access to art materials. As a child I enjoyed painting, making clay pots and very elaborate paper dolls. For me, I found at a very early age that I needed to draw.
Art became a way for me to interpret the world as I see it; I am visually impaired. so I am sure the world looks differently to me than to most people. My mother used to say that she would squint her eyes to see the Christmas lights look blurry on the Christmas tree so that she could see them the way she believed I saw them. She said they looked beautiful that way. This is the way that I see the world. I see bright, bold cityscapes; vibrant, colorful mountain ranges; lush, green forests; and simply beautiful bouquets of flowers with petals so perfect and delicate that I want to paint them.
I earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts concentrating on drawing, painting, ceramics and illustration with a minor in creative writing from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. I currently live in Ludington, Michigan.
About the Artist