Vision impaired artist Kerry Frost collaborates for exhibtiion

Exhibition: Artist Kerry Frost holding Two Blue Jugs, which was used on the cover of the 2018 Vision Australia calendar.

Exhibition: Artist Kerry Frost holding Two Blue Jugs, which was used on the cover of the 2018 Vision Australia calendar.

She's a talented artist with just 10 per cent vision, who is raising funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

But Kerry Frost is so much more.

Originally from Townsville, she worked and travelled her way through New Zealand and England before returning to Australia in the early 1980s.

For the next decade, she worked in office administration but her world came to a screaming halt with the introduction of computers and a deterioration of her eyesight.

"From that point I hit a low ebb," Kerry says. "I became depressed and had to work my way through some issues.

"In 2001 my life changed when I attended a free art class at the Wynnum Library. I did a two-hour course and it changed my life."

Kerry threw herself into creating 3D craft stamped greeting cards, selling them at Manly markets.

The following two years Kerry continued her work before realising that she needed to explore her art further. She set herself a goal to paint something good enough to frame. That took 12 months of trial and error, given her poor eyesight.

Since that first attempt, Kerry says that art has been a positive influence that challenges and excites her.

"I have Oculocutaneus Albinism and was diagnosed at 12 months of age. I was wearing glasses at three years. 

In 2001 my life changed when I attended a free art class at the Wynnum Library. I did a two-hour course and it changed my life. - Artist Kerry Frost

"This condition affects one in 15,000 people and it also reduces pigmentation in hair, skin and eyes too.

"I am now down to just 10 per cent sight."

To overcome her vision impairment, Kerry has come up with a system where she will take a photograph of a scene and then enlarge it to A4 size. 

She can only work in bright, sunny conditions - good, natural light is a vital.

Her works have been on display at various exhibitions over the years.

Kerry says she is looking forward to her latest joint exhibition - with good friends Deborah Broughton and David Straney - at Sunset Gallery from September 16 until 23.

"It's called Bliss - the art of seeing happy," she said.

"I have worked with Deb on different exhibitions while David has been very encouraging to me, especially when I was first starting out.

"Twenty per cent of all sales will go to the Fred Hollows Foundation - so far I have raised almost $4000, which is 1572 restored eyesights through the foundation's work."

Bliss - the art of seeing happy opens at Sunset Gallery at 5pm on September 16. It runs for a week.

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