Post date: 
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

"I've always dreamed of becoming an artist. I was diagnosed with autosomal retinitis pigmentosa when I was eight-years-old, and a careers advisor at school told me my dream of being an artist would be impossible.

Photo of Claire as part of her Shrink Wrapped Artist: See Through Art project. Claire is lying in a fetal position clasping a ball. Claire is painted white, the background is white and a gold bar spans below the photo

"Despite this, I studied Fine Art at university and a few years ago my passion for art was re-ignited when someone bought me a blowtorch as a present. I create tactile art and process painting; it's just one of the ways I challenge people's perceptions of what it means to live with sight loss. Another passion of mine is sports and I'm a competitive bodybuilder. I've been training for the last few years and pretty much live in the gym nowadays! I hope that others with sight loss will see what I've achieved and realise that being blind or partially sighted is no barrier to achieving your dreams."

Photo credit: Den Denyer. This image was taken as part of one of Claire's works, Shrink Wrapped Artist: Seeing Through Art.