[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Tina Blatter, North

Lisa Yayla fnugg at online.no
Wed Aug 11 13:03:08 UTC 2010

  video with artist Tina Blatter

excerpt article
Rare vision condition doesn’t slow artists

Eyes blue and strong, the elderly woman appeared confident and calm as 
she entered the spacious boardroom, but a walking cane and ginger steps 
betrayed her inner strength as she sat down in a cushy chair.

Soon it becomes clear a cane will not slow Joan North, a Calgary artist 
who is legally blind and trying to coping with the strange 
hallucinations that haunt her each day.

North retired from her counseling career at the University of Alberta in 
1986 to pursue her love of painting and drawing. Less than 10 years 
later North’s painting days were suddenly interrupted when she began 
experiencing strange and vivid hallucinations.

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