“Jim Stevens lost his sight, but not his vision for art.”

CPR – Colorado Matters interview with artist Jim Stevens.
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Artist Jim Stevens, who is legally blind, works at his Wheat Ridge studio on July 16, 2016. (Photo courtesy Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)

(This story first aired on 7/18/2016. Stevens spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel.)

While serving in the Vietnam War, Jim Stevens was shot in the head. He survived, but decades later, the injury caused Stevens to lose nearly all of his vision — his line of sight is now the size of a tiny pinhole. Despite being legally blind, Stevens has made a name for himself as an artist. He works out of his studio in Wheat Ridge, and has paintings featured through July 30 in “About Face,” a portrait show at Denver’s Cabal Gallery.

Jim Stevens says his process to create “monofilament paintings” — acrylic paint on 129 strands of fishing line, eight layers deep — can take up to two months.

Stevens show how each strand of fishing line makes the whole picture.
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Stevens uses five different lens when he paints.
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Stevens paints on monofilament fishing line.
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One layer of a painting, which is composed of 129 strands of monofilament fishing line.
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Jim Stevens, who is legally blind, works out of his studio in Wheat Ridge on July 16, 2016.
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Stevens has his personal mantra — “A man with a vision is near truly blind” — posted throughout his art studio in Wheat Ridge.
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November 23, 2016

Stephanie Wolf