Yes, you heard it right, I’m a colorblind marine artist. It came as a shock to me when I first found it out. I began wondering if the art I have created looks the same to everyone else as it does to me. Then I began contemplating whether to stop painting certain colors or not. I started looking at my art, and the world for that matter in a different light. Could it be that my eyes have been lying to me my entire life? I recall coloring a picture for a contest in grade school of the new community pool. The scene depicted an arial shot of the pool, full of kids splashing and having a great time. In fact, I actually drew wet footprints on the concrete of one kid who had to run to the bathroom! I thought it was pretty darn clever! My teacher, however, scoffed.
“You know, water isn’t purple!” she said.
Huh? Purple? You mean I spent all morning coloring my masterpiece, the one that was to win me and my friends season tickets to the new community pool, the COLOR PURPLE??!!
And so it begins. Both my love of the water and with art. For the next twenty years I couldn’t really tell the difference between blue and purple, or certain greens from brown, pink, grey, or yellow. I took an online colorblind test with my wife recently and found that I do infact see the world different from her.
If you are interested in seeing my art through my eyes, click here:
Colorblind Artist: What I See.