Loss Of Sight Hasn’t Stopped Artist From Creating Masterpieces

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UPDATED: Monday March 24, 2014 5:41 PM

Katherine Kadish discovered art was her passion as a child.

She studied at Carnegie Mellon and held teaching positions at college campuses, which included Ohio State University. She believes the work she does provides a lesson to all who see it.
The works are filled with lush colors, large shapes and a vivid imagination

"I always saw larger things rather than smaller things. I wasn't interested in small detail,” says Kadish.

Her art is on display at the Meleca gallery in downtown Columbus.  

"The vibrancy of the colors, it's just something unique you don't see often,” added Angela Meleca.

Sight is significant to the collection, not just because it has caught the attention of museums nationwide, but because the artist is losing hers.

"I see - my eyes haven't gotten worse in the last year - I see color really, really well."

Kadish noticed problems with her left eye when she was 17. After her first year in college, it was problems with the right eye. She says it was scary but…

"You know when you're that young, you don't quite get it.  It never occurred to me that I might go blind."

In her late 30's, the official diagnosis was Macular Degeneration-- an incurable eye disease which leads to blindness.  Kadish can still see, relying mostly on her peripheral vision.

"I can see your general outline or shape but I can't see individual features.”

The visual impairment has not made a difference in her work. She says because she doesn't dabble in detail - but in the abstract.  Her favorite in this collection is called Night Blooms.

"It started out with the right hand canvas was a single painting I had struggled with and put aside."

But paired with another, it captures the colors of sunset, her favorite time of day.  Unlike many with her condition who lose their ability to see color, Kadish has clearly maintained hers and says she'll use it until she no longer can.

"Other artists have said this, but I hope to die with a brush in my hand”

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