POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:32pm
EL PASO — A world-renowned artist... living in Las Cruces... turns his visions into art... sight unseen.
George Mendoza proves the mind's eye sees 20-20...
"I'm not able to paint the perfect sunflower or the perfect mountain in New Mexico...which I think is a gift in a way...because I have a different, unique vision in how I see the world," said Mendoza.
Mendoza lost his sight... but not his vision at age 15 when doctors diagnosed him with a macular degenerative disease which causes him to see the world through what he describes as kaleidoscope eyes.
After his diagnosis... Mendoza used art as a form of therapy... turning love of fingerpainting into a "stroke" of genius.
"My best friends in college that are artists will say, 'How does he do it? He's blind! He shouldn't be doing what he's doing, but it's worked out great. I just think it's a unique vision," said Mendoza.
Mendoza paints what he sees... or rather, what he doesn't see... to design colorful creations which have become world-renowned. A textile company has even transformed his paintings into fabrics.
"I've seen Madonna's company 'Material Girls' carry my stuff. I've seen my stuff in London...Liberty House carries my fabrics," said Mendoza.
Mendoza has now set his sights on Hollywood... as he hopes to turn his life-story into a feature film... so he can continue to inspire others with disabilities.
"It's no longer Hispanic, it's no longer blind. It's just artist and designer, George Mendoza."