Sunday, April 29, 2012

You Can't See Me

"You Can't See Me"
30 x 40
Oil on Canvas

This is my brother.  He about 6 feet tall, bald, has a gray beard that reaches down to the middle of his chest.  He wears thick, red sunglasses to keep out sunlight because his eyes are light sensitive.  He is legally blind and walks with a white cane to make sure he doesn't trip over things he cannot see.  In spite of his unique, imposing presence he is largely ignored in public because of his disability.  I painted this as a tribute to him.

If you encounter a disabled person please be part of the solution and not part of the problem.  Make the world an easier place for them to navigate.   


  1. I love the diagonal of your brother's white cane and the strength in which he holds it. Nice job with his skin tones, too. Very nice!!

  2. Great job on the foreshortening! Very powerful! I really like the composition. Wonderful!

    My mother lost her hearing when she was 5 years old. She has been mostly deaf since. She did't use a hearing aide until I was in high school. It was all about reading lips and pounding walls to communicate around our home. We always appreciate someone who will take the time and look her in the eye to speak to her clearly. She will then most always be able to read your lips.

    Why am I thinking about ZZ Top?

  3. I always thought in this picture he looked like an older Matt Murdock (Daredevil) You should totally submit this to Marvel Comics. I'm not joking.

  4. Maria, this is a wonderful portrait, and so much more. Powerful, meaningful. Proud.
    Congratulations on this achievement!

  5. Really wonderfully done- love the angles you created with the cane and the foreshortened arm. He looks like a big sweetheart to me:):)


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