Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

Video profile of a college student who paints beautiful works of art in vivid colors, despite the fact that he's been blind for years.

John Bramblitt lost his sight to epilepsy, but not his inner vision. The University of North Texas undergraduate shows how he managed to transform the anger he felt about his disability into art–developing a system of painting by touch, using his fingers in the place of eyes to create paintings of astonishing vibrancy. “If I hadn’t lost my sight, I don’t think I would have become a painter,” Bramblitt says. “The whole point of beginning was symbolic–to prove that I could still see.”

“Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips” has been a staple of Texas TV since 1972. Every week Phillips travels the backroads of Texas to find the people and places who make the Lone Star State one-of-a-kind. Some of his video documentaries can be found on his TCR YouTube channel.

Phillips devoted a segment of TCR to Bramblitt, who creates compelling expressionistic-style paintings by feeling his way around the canvas. “When I first started,” Bramblitt says, “I thought, ‘If I’m no good at [painting], I won’t have to look at it anyway.'”

This video profile found its way to KarmaTube, a self-described “collection of short ‘do something’ videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take. Our mission is to spread the good.”

Length: 5:32


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