“ I keep imagining all the hands that will touch my paintings and how they will create a patina on them and make them even more beautiful.”
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Have you ever considered what you would miss if you lost your sight?
As an artist, the idea of not being able to see paintings, and the beauty around me in general, brings me deep sadness. This sadness created a desire inside of me to somehow include the unsighted with viewing my artwork.
But what if the un-sighted might be able to imagine the scale of a tree or a mountain through touch?
It was this question that inspired me to create paintings with textures that might in some way provide a shape or feeling to things. For many years I pondered the possibilities as I created art and earned a living as an artist.
I experimented with different ideas along the way. Then, in May 2014, I tried a new technique which finally provided the answer. I was so excited that I finally came up with something that I feel, in some small way will make a difference for those who can’t see as we do
But how to reach out to those who cannot see?
I make a tiny living selling my artwork but I didn’t want to sell these paintings to the unsighted, I wanted to gift them somehow. So I went to my local CNIB office in Barrie, Ontario and told them my idea and they had a great plan to hang my paintings in their locations so the unsighted may touch my paintings when ever they visit. My long term plan is to create one painting for each CNIB location across Canada well over 50 locations. I have already created works in this technique and some now proudly hang where adults and children who have lost their ability to see can experience art through their fingertips. I know that there are many more people in this country that need this opportunity. Since there are over 50 locations across Canada, I estimate it will take me over 20 years to install a painting in each location at my current pace and yet I am unwavering in my plan to do so.
I have been painting my whole life, and have been expressing myself visually to others for many years. It is how I speak to the world. Over a decade ago inspiration struck and I started to create textures in my paintings for people to touch. My hope is others will enjoy the different textures on their fingertips or to imagine the scale of a tree, a mountain or the perspective in our environment. So I felt the blind might directly benefit from my work and I have shared many of my paintings with patrons of the CNIB.
It’s been a long road gaining experience and experimenting with acrylic paints. I have created many different textures and developed many techniques and tools to achieve a visual and textural experience for everyone to try. Every time I am in my studio new ideas and textures are born. The look on peoples faces as they try touching one of my paintings gives me such joy and happiness, it is such an honour to be apart of it all.
Kate Ramos studied commercial art at George Brown College. Her professional experience roles include Graphic Design Director, Gallery Assistant and Owner of an art framing and giclee printing facility and also
the Owner of the Edge Gallery. She has been represented by Loft Gallery, Thornbury and at Art Appreciation Gallery, Barrie. Her work is currently being shown at The Barrie Country Club and Art & Home Studio Orillia.
Kate Ramos is part of the Toronto City Hall public collection, The Simcoe County Museum public collection, The CNIB Barrie, The CNIB social hub Yonge St. Toronto,
The CNIB Sudbury and The CNIB Lake Joseph.
Barrie spring art tour
First place for banner.
Barrie spring art tour
Second place for banner.
Village Blue Mountain
Artist Walk “People’s Choice Award”
(Prize- HP 5meg. Camera prize) for “Pride” painting.
Barrie Molson Christmas show
1st. place “Best in Show”
for “Regal” painting.
Mill Pond Gallery
“Emerging Artist Show” – 3rd. place
for “Froggy” painting.
cnib 3d artist
This documentary video is featured on Bell Fibe TV.
Dave Sullivan video graphed and produced this video.
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