I’m not sure what it’s like to be blind, but I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of the artists who have shaped my blind faith experience.
One of the most significant, and personally inspiring, of these is Michael Eisner, who is the author of Blind Faith: An Artist and His Faith, which he published in the United States in 2011.
The book is a remarkable look at how the blind have been shaped by art and the blind world of art.
I spoke with Michael Einarsson about the book and his life.
“My first experience with art was a blind artist named Tommie Smith, who painted on his walls.
I was nine or ten, and my father would take me to see him, and when I would ask what was going on, he would say, ‘Tommie’s painting.’
So I would always have a picture of Tommies paintings.
The next time my mother would take us to see Tommi Smith, she would always say, “I don’t think I like that one, but Tommys painting.”
So she painted it, and it was an amazing experience for me.
Then I would meet some other blind artists, like Bobbi Williams, and I would say to them, “Hey, do you know Tommo Smith?”
They would be like, “Nope.”
But when I asked about the painting I wanted, they were like, ‘Oh my God!
You need to go see T.S. Smith.’
And so I did.”
“The blind world has always been one of my most powerful sources of inspiration, and so when I was a kid, when I used to see Bobbi or my mother, I was so grateful for it.
I loved watching them.
I knew they were special people.
I just wanted to be able to be there and see them, to be like them.
And then I got a book of his paintings.
And I think that’s where it really opened my eyes to art. “
But what really gave me the most pleasure, and really helped me connect with him was that he was an artist of faith, and his paintings were in the service of the blind.
And I think that’s where it really opened my eyes to art.
And when you’re able to see something, and you’re really able to feel something, you start to understand the significance of art in the world.
So I love being able to experience art, I love it.
It’s just a very personal thing, but it is an important part of my life.”
The next time I was around my dad, he was a very spiritual person, and we had dinner.
And as he spoke about art, he told me about his grandmother, a blind woman named Alice Fauchter.
Alice was a painter, and Alice loved painting, so I knew that she was a visual artist.
And he said, “Oh, Tommey is like Alice.”
And I was like, oh my God, that’s so cool.
I think I’m just gonna have to learn to relate to her.
“And so I was really, really moved by her work.
And it was really the same for me as I had my father, I think, because he was very spiritual.
And my grandmother was so spiritual, and she knew what it meant to be in the Lord.
And so that was the beginning of my understanding of art, which is really something that has always fascinated me.
I mean, I’m an artist, but my family always told me that art is something that is meant to help us in our life.
And art has always had this powerful place in the Bible, in the Book of Acts, in some of the early Christian writings, and they are the ones that really made me realize that art and religion were really the two greatest sources of human connection.”
“So my dad’s work was very important to me, and he would tell me about it and explain it.
And the next time he came over, I had his work and I was inspired by it.
But at the same time, he also told me I had to have some faith in art, because art is really powerful, and people have to believe in art.
He’s like Tommiem Smith.’ “
So I went to a Christian art show and I saw his paintings and I went, ‘Wow, that looks like Bobbie Williams.
He’s like Tommiem Smith.’
I was just blown away.
And that was art, and faith, the”
So as an artist I was also trying to figure out what was important to have faith in, and what wasn’t.
And that was art, and faith, the