Between 2000-2009, I taught myself to paint, and worked mostly in acrylic, but also watercolor, ink and mixed media in a variety of styles. My subjects were often birds, flowers, people, and elephants. As a visually impaired person, painting taught me that seeing isn't limited to visual acuity. Instead, to paint is to see differently, to focus on an image as inspiration, to pick apart the discrete elements, to look deeply and think about light, color and form. It also requires patience, contemplation and imagination.