Gary Moritz talks about his experience of sight loss and his love of painting.
"I was 16 when I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and told I would go blind by the time I was 40. This poured cold water over my ambitions to pursue an artistic career as a graphic designer. In the early days, it was my sight at night that was mostly affected. As time went by, my peripheral vision worsened but my central vision remained relatively healthy. I was able to continue painting portraits for a while, which I did on and off over the years. Each time I returned to painting, my sight had declined, but with the help of family, and tools like magnifiers and torches, I was able to continue producing more works of art. Although my central vision is hazier now and details are harder to see, I still sketch away. I now sign any new artwork with the added tag ‘BPS Art’. Let’s hope it catches on."