Artist doesn't let blindness keep him from painting

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new art exhibit will be on display at the Aucocisco Gallery in Portland. One of the artist's showcased is Denis Boudreau, whose pieces have been popular in and around Portland for decades. The man behind the canvas has a story that will change the way you look at art.

After serving in the Vietnam War for two years, Denis Boudreau slowly lost all vision in both of his eyes as a result of debris from mortars and landmines. An artist since childhood, his first thought was that he would have to hang up the paint brushes.

"It was tough coming to the realization I was going blind," said Boudreau.

In the 1960's and 1970's Boudreau was best known for his landscape paintings, many done from Monhegan Island. When he became blind, abstract art found it's way into his home studio in Falmouth. His wife Sarah becoming his right hand, sorting and blending the different colors for her husband.

"My best critic and right now, of course, I can't do anything without her unless I just paint in black and white," said Boudreau.

If you'd like to see some of Denis' art it will be on display at the Aucocisco Gallery on Exchange Street in Portland until May 7th. The opening reception for the show is Friday May 2nd at 5:00 pm.


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