For as long as I can remember, I have been quite blind. Without corrective lenses, my vision is 20/800. I see shapes, and colors, with very little definition. I don’t recognize people by their faces, even in a small room, but rather by their posture, and size. My eye is drawn to colors, and shapes. Of course, I do wear glasses or contact lenses, so I know what things look like, but my world is certainly shaped by my particular vision.
My paintings are a blending of these two worlds; the one I see with my glasses on, and the one I know is there without them. I am more drawn to expression and emotion than technical precision, perhaps because the dividing lines in my world are indistinct. My works are full of fantasy and color, as if I am touring my environment without my glasses on.
Rather than feel hampered by the fact of my eyesight, I feel fortunate to have both of these two worlds to draw from when producing my art. I hope my view of the world has something to offer you as well.
Christine Marie Swersey is a native “Mainer” and resides in Southwest Harbor with her husband Bowen, and dog Eliot.