"Three years ago, I told my husband that I wanted to start painting when I retired. Some might think such a hobby would be impossible for me as the odds were not in my favor, having no formal training and being legally blind. But, he replied," Why wait." "Start now!"
"He took me to an art supple store, bought me all kinds or art supplies, books, etc and encouraged me to get my learn on. He told me to go for it. Ironically, God does work is mysterious ways."
"I was nervous since I was born with a genetic eye disorder called Stargardt's Disease. Imagine looking thru a screen and part of the cells of that screen are blacked out? Well, that is how I see. But, I didn't realize until I was in my 30's that I was visually impaired. I thought that everyone saw like me. I never considered my legally blind status as a disability. It was my normal. My Hope is to inspire others through my paintings and share my Artwork, created through the 'Eyes of Love'."
VIP Show Case To Introduce New Vendors for Bon-Ton in West Seneca's South-Gate Mall.
Susan Karpie is a local Buffalo artist new to the Art world. She has been painting for less than 3 years! Susan has limited vision as she was born with a genetic eye disorder known as 'Stargardt's' disease. However this disease did not hinder her when she prompted to pick up the brush a few years ago. She hasn't stopped creating pieces since.
We are Proud to announce that Susan's products will be sold in local Buffalo Bon-Ton Stores in March, 2018...
Susan has worked at the Buffalo VA Medical Center as a telephone operator for the past twenty years. The VAMC employs the visually impaired as the majority of their telephone operators.
She has been married for 45 years to her adoring husband Robert. They both grew up on the Westside of Buffalo and currently reside in the Town of Tonawanda. Along with painting Sue enjoys Kayaking and hiking all year round.
Stargardt's disease — also called fundus flavimaculatus or Stargardt's macular dystrophy (SMD) — affects approximately one in 10,000 people and is characterized by central vision loss early in life.
Stargardt's generally refers to a group of inherited diseases causing light-sensitive cells in the inner back of the eye (retina) to deteriorate, particularly in the area of the macula where fine focusing occurs. Central vision loss also occurs, while peripheral vision usually is retained.
Stargardt's disease is diagnosed by the presence of small, yellowish spots of deteriorating tissue (drusen) sloughed off from the colored or outer covering of the retina (retinal pigment epithelium). Progressive vision loss eventually leads to blindness in most cases.
Some research indicates that exposure to bright light may play a role in triggering the retinal damage that occurs with Stargardt's. While there is no known treatment for Stargardt's disease at this time, people with the condition often are advised to wear eyeglasses or sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV light to reduce the possibility of additional eye damage caused by the sun.