Abstract artists enter a new realm of creative possibilities by removing the need for resembling objects within their works. Instead, abstract artists focus on form and color. This emphasis helps to create an emotional reaction from the art’s viewers. As emotional as some pieces of abstract art are, the stories of some abstract artists can stir up even more emotion. For instance, Leo Haines, Mia Brown, and Andrew Reach are all abstract artists who have defeated overbearing health conditions to become inspirations.
Words can’t do justice to the inspiration of Leo Haines. At only five years old Haines has already held his own art gallery, with the profits from his sold paintings donated to Musgrove Park Hospital. Perhaps the most amazing part of Haines’ story is that doctors didn’t expect the boy to live to see his first birthday. Mail Online reports in an article about Haines that the boy was born with cerebral palsy and pulmonary vein stenosis. Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that hinders body movement, makes communicating difficult for Haines. Pulmonary vein stenosis is a terminal cardiovascular illness. Haines models his abstract works after artist Jackson Pollack.
Like Haines, Mia Brown was born with cerebral palsy. Her cerebral palsy prevents her from being able to walk or use her arms. Brown requires assistance for completing everyday tasks that most people take for granted. However, Brown does create her own abstract art independently, using a brush mounted on top of a helmet. Brown uses both paper and canvas as mediums. In July 2009 Brown won a blue ribbon at the Marin County Fair for her artwork.
Andrew Reach aspired to be an architect since childhood. Reach accomplished his dream too, completing several architect assignments, including residential projects and historic restorations. However, in 2003 Reach’s life as an architect ended when he had to have spinal surgery to treat his Scheuermann’s disease. Scheuermann’s disease is a condition that causes the spine to curve irregularly. In 2004 Reach had to go back for further surgery in order to correct a serious surgical complication. To satisfy his creative muse, Reach turned to computer generated art. Reach has had his artwork displayed across the country, including in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
About.com: Abstract Art- An Introduction
Andrew Reach’s Official Website
Marin Independent Journal: “Marin Artist with Cerebral Palsy Lets Her Vibrant Paintings Speak for Her”
Downtown Mia Brown