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"Yes, I am blind, but I can still see" by Bette Eldredge

“Yes, I am blind, but I can still see”

Artist: Bette Eldredge, Townsend

Description: 30” x 19” original digital painting and poem of my horse and me walking down the path of life.

Artist Statement: Do not disclude the Blind from being able to see clearly what others can not.

Poem:

Yes, I am blind, but I still can see

I can see the first snow flakes
gently floating down and down.
Greeting the virgin earth as they
meet the ground.
Along the way, ever so softly, they
touch my head, my nose and my chin.
A fresh blanket of white to coat my yard
as if to safely tuck us all in.
I can see the tell-tale signs of a very
welcome Spring sprouting all around.
The smell of the rain drops kissing the
earthworms peeking up out of the ground.
The red robins and blue birds flying and
singing ever so sweet.
Gathering food and fodder for their
newborn babies so they too can eat.
I can see the flittering from flower to flower
To take advantage of a surprise Summer shower.
The butterfly, the humming bird and the honey bee
Reassuring me that we can live in perfect harmony.
I can see the bright display of the budding flowers
and the fresh sprouts of grass.
The vivid hues of the eggplant, the tomato and the asparagus.
I can see the leaves of autumn changing colors
and quietly falling to the ground.
The crunchy footing beneath me, the crisp, cool air,
the signs of winter, soon to be, are all around.

Yes, I am blind, but I still can see!
So open your hearts and your minds and
listen to all the sounds!
Smell the smells and follow the rainbows
that do abound!
And you too can see what I can see!

About the Artist: Bette Avadanian Eldredge

Born: January 30, 1948 in Boston, MA

Artist, Poet, Equestrian

1965-1969: Attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design and earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration, minoring in Graphic Design.

1969-1975: Owned and operated The Snakepit, a boutique in Davis Square, Somerville. I created a variety of items for my clients including: custom-made oil paintings, gold and silver jewelry and leather jackets, riding chaps, pocket books, sandals and belts.

1975-1986: Graphic Designer: Millipore Corporation. Specializing in catalog design, package design, technical illustrations and slide presentations.

1986-1997: Freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer: Romicon, Toso Haas, Koch Membrane Systems and Staples.

1997-2011: Graphic Designer: Staples Corporation, specializing in circular and catalog design and publication.

2011-Present: I started losing my sight in 2001 from Diabetic Retinopathy. Although I was laid off in 2011, as much as I loved my job…it was a blessing in disguise. As my disease progressed, I no longer could see well enough to paint or draw on canvas or paper. Then, one day a dear friend suggested creating digital paintings on my iPad. Fortunately, I could still see backlit devices. Now, Legally Blind, using my finger as my brush and my iPad as my canvas, I continue creating my art, poetry and short stories as I continue ‘Breaking Barriers.’

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