Artist paints world as he remembers it

March 5, 2008 8:54:38 AM PST
While most artists paint the world as they see it, Lloyd Bradbury relies on his memory. Bradbury is legally blind. Despite losing his eyesight years ago, the 70-year-old continues to paint-- and inspire his students.

Bradbury started painting 20 years ago when he was sick.

"I believe now that it improves body mind and soul," said Bradbury. "And at the time I did it because of depression and because of physical problems and mental problems and I thought if I had something to divert all this I could relieve my own problems. It was kind of a form of rehabilitation."

Bradbury suffered a stroke and was in a coma for 18 hours. It took five years of rehab to learn to walk and talk again.

"Anybody can paint or have art," said Bradbury. "Art is an expression of self and I paint through memory and through my experience and they're amazed that I can paint."

Bradbury also blogs online at

"I have many friends on the blog- and what I do is give tips on art," said Bradbury. "And what I've learned about art being an outside artist and actually doing. "

"Sometimes I forget that he is blind because he can do a lot because you adjust to those things...and you do better than people who can see," said Maria Bradbury, wife.

The Lyons resident teaches art and often holds lectures.

"If I give that little inspiration to other people who are sitting around and feeling sorry for themselves because they can't do anything-- then I've done something. "