a thing. . .
are paying thou- sands for her paintings, many of which are hang- ing in respected
galleries. But Lisa Fittipaldi can't be sure her work is worth it.
Why? Because she's blind.
She lost her sight as a businesswoman in San Antonio, Texas, in
1993. One morning on the way to work she suddenly realized she couldn't see the road
signs and other cars around her and within about six months she was completely blind.
"All I see now is snow - like a TV with bad reception," she says.
She can barely distinguish various shades of darkness. When she had to
stop working she became depressed. To make matters worse her husband Albert had to
have a heart bypass. He also had a stroke and couldn't
for a year.
Two years later Lisa registered for sculpture classes but had to give
up and became even more depressed.
One morning while she lay in bed, too emotionally drained to get up, Albert threw her a
child's watercolour paint set and snapped: "There! Do some-
Driven by rage and helped by memory, she set to work and created her
first piece - four coloured glasses.
took one look, pronounced she had talent and went out to buy her more paint.
Today her works (mostly still lifes and street scenes)
are being exhibited and sold worldwide on the internet.
"I would never have become a painter if I could
see," says Lisa, who's never had a painting lesson and had to teach herself history
of art and brush technique.
"Every one knows the blind can