Blind Artist Seeks Audience for his Fab Art

My friend Vernon went blind 20 years ago. Yet, he still paints! I asked him if he remembers colors, & uses that memory?

Artist Vernon Milette at work on “Primary Squares” – Photo © Sal Buccellato

“Yes”, was his answer. He added “And I always paint in oils”

Artist: Vernon Milette – Photo © Sal Buccellato

The above oil painting titled “White Glads at Night” is my fave. It blows my mind that he painted it, blind, with a knife. Vernon also designs gardens to this day.

Vernon told me, ” I can show you the exact spot in my garden where these Glads grow”

Artist: Vernon Milette – Photo © Sal Buccellato

Above in mixed media, is  “Soup”

Vernon said, “I used several stencils from the Dollar Store for the background. The word SOUP & the A & Z are on raised wood blocks (about 1/8th of an inch). It’s an homage to braille, in that it is tactile.”

Artist: Vernon Milette – Photo © Sal Buccellato

There are lots of colors in the above painting, “Tenements”. I asked Vernon how he knows which tube of paint is what color?

Vernon answered, “I have a bar code reader, that reads out loud to me. On the tubes of paint, the color is listed in the code. I line them up accordingly. Tenements is done in 3 colors, mixed in variations and applied very thickly”.

Artist: Vernon Milette – Photo © Sal Buccellato

“Rhapsody in Blue”

This painting was inspired by a jazz evening w/Molly Johnson at the Soul Pepper Theater . Molly is an amazing singer, & friend of Vernon. He sat in a front row & is still inspired by the love and recognition Molly showed him when she sat at his table.

Vernon noted, “thoughts inspired by Molly were: “cello note”, Molly lead, ultra marine.  All other singers = other blues. The shades progress to a light turquoise for depth. It’s painted using a cardboard template, with a brush. Check out Molly’s Kensington Jazz Fest

Artist: Vernon Milette – Photo © Sal Buccellato


Vernon told me, “this painting is based on a construction site’s nails, screws, black nails, rot & climaxes in rust. All colors represent something  at a construction site.

Vernon at the beach with his seeing eye dog, Jewels. Photo © Sal Buccellato

Visit  Vernon’s Website where you can read his bio, inquire about showing his art at your amazing venue, or simply buy, or commission one of his works of art. A direct email link is available on the site.

Photo © Sal Buccellato

❤️ ❤️ Vernon, I love you! ❤️ ❤️

49 thoughts on “Blind Artist Seeks Audience for his Fab Art

  1. ‘White Glads at Night’, I agree, Resa, is my fav, too. It’s quite mind boggling to imagine how he can achieve such artistry whilst blind and with such accuracy of depth, colour, etc.
    I also love his little dog; what a cutie. He reminds me, somewhat, of our Australian Koala! So sweet; as are you for showcasing such an extraordinary man. 🙂

    1. Yes… a Koala! 😀 jewels is cute as a button, very helpful to Vernon and a wonderful companion!
      I agree, it is mind boggling that he can produce such wonderful works. Cheers to Vernon!
      Thank you for your lovely comment, Carolyn.! 😀 xoxoxo

  2. Resa, this is astonishing and I’m touched to tears reading about Vernon and seeing his colourful dramatic and tender art. Wow!! A beautiful tribute to your friend and a visual feast for us and inspiring to read how he has continued to paint. Thank you so much for sharing here.

    1. You’re welcome! I am more than very pleased to present Vernon and his art. I adore your comment. You are insightful and generous. I’m very happy you came to see this post! Best of best wishes, Resa. ❤

  3. Awesome !

    Vernon is amazing by taking on something that even us with sight don’t even try to do. Thank you for promoting his endeavours dear Resa.

    Natascha will be replying to your email soon.

    Love to you, Jeep and Johnny xoxoxo ❤

    1. Yeah! Vernon is awesome, and I hope I help sell at least 1 painting.
      The gown isn’t going anywhere, it’s safe here, so no worries! Much love to you, Natascha, Murli, Sonic and Samantha. xoxoxo ❤

  4. Gray Dawster

    An absolute gem of an artist,
    and an inspiration to other disabled
    peeps around the world.

    Fantastic posting Resa 🙂

    (((Hugs))) Andro xx

      1. Gray Dawster

        His work and commitment to art
        is astounding, I wish him well 🙂
        I hope your 2018 has started well
        and that you are enjoying everything
        my dear Resa.

        (((Hugs Aplenty)))

        Andro xxx

  5. Carolee Croft

    White Glads at night is my favourite too. Thank you so much for sharing Vernon’s art, Resa. Going to check out his site! xoxo

  6. This is awesome. Such gorgeous artwork. I would imagine that through ones fingers an artists may feel the form of their subject , I don’t know but this is beautiful. What an anazing gift!

  7. Thank you for the information, Reza! What should i write? Wonderful art. Unbelievable how a person, also an artist can create so wonderful art without seeing the process of creation. What a blessed man. Michael

  8. Wow, Resa! This is amazing! Vernon is a definite inspiration to me. My eyesight has gotten worse in the last few years. I hope to never go blind, but I do need a magnifying glass to do really small work sometimes. 🙂

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