of Possibility® Studios
Art of Possibility® Studios exclusively represents physically disabled artists via license to manufacturers interested in connecting with consumers on a meaningful level and with cause oriented programs at retail.
By choosing Art of Possibility® brand products consumers become true Patrons of the Arts through their purchase, supporting the artists in a for-profit business model which liberates them from dependence on charity and creates a path for their participation as equals in our society.
Founded by award-winning blind painter Ketra Oberlander, the Art of Possibility® aspires to encourage and inspire you to transcend expectation and be your best.
About the Artists
Ketra Oberlander. As a blind artist, Ketra explores the tension between what's practical and what's possible. "I don't have any business deciding what I can't do," she observes, "people cheat themselves out of all sorts of opportunities because they think they can't do something. Well, what if they can?" What if? Working in oils and acrylics, Ketra investigates spiritual potential and infinite variety in her exuberant paintings. Despite her limited visual acuity and color perception, she captures the spirit of creation in her work. To learn more visit Ketra's personal site, droolingcat.com.
Suzy Combs. Suzy paints to express and encourage others to reach their higher self of peace, joy and sharing the beautiful things we have. Suzy shows that through creative expression one can reach that better place. Born partially deaf due to nerve damage and with her hearing worsening over the years, Suzy sees it as a blessing in disguise. "Through the quiet it is easier getting in touch with your authentic self and creative side. It's easier to listen to God."
George Mendoza. An author, athlete, artist, and motivational speaker declared to be a state treasure by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Mendoza's work has touched millions of lives through a rigorous gallery show career and numerous appearances. The PBS documentaries The George Mendoza Story, narrated by Robert Duvall (1989); and more recently Vision of the Soul — The George Mendoza Story (2006) chronicle this accomplished man's life despite his blindness from macular degeneration as a teen. William Buchanan's book, "Running toward the Light" chronicled Mendoza's vision loss. Mendoza has written three books: A Vision of Courage, The Spirit Man Trilogy, and Cup of All Good Things.
Lorna Ritz. Lorna captures the landscape of her sweet life in dramatic, passionate gesture. Recurrent cancer and the damage from its treatments (surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments) have resulted in Lorna's intermittent, sharp pain and limited mobility. Despite a lifetime of health obstacles, Lorna creates: abstract works and stunning landscapes that have accumulated in her impressive fine art resume, including several Guest Critic terms at the Vermont Studio Center and thrice receiving the Pollock-Kramer Grant along with a Kittridge Fund Grant from Harvard University. Lorna lectures and exhibits internationally.
Enid Swift. "The worst part of the paralysis is, no matter how much joy I experience, I can't smile," confides Enid Swift, a talented designer who has dealt with her confounding neurological syndrome by focusing on the joy she can create through artistic self-expression. Designer Enid Swift doesn't quit. Her military career was cut short by a rare neurological disorder that has compromised her daily life. Despite disability, her can-do personality directed her back to the creative expression through art she enjoyed as a child and she now focuses on the elements of design to bring order and stability to an increasingly distracted world. Her patterns offer a contemplated foundation on which to build entire lines.
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