Local teen artist creates art series for visually impaired

Posted at 2:14 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 16:09:49-04

BOISE — At age 13, Angelina Williams began her artistic journey.

“I started watching anime and stuff, and I was like ‘this art is really cool,’” said Williams.

She creates her own characters and costumes, but creating her pieces isn’t always easy or clear.

“I have Retinitis Pigmentosa, RP for short, which pretty much means my retina is deteriorating I guess,” said Williams, “for me, it's really hard working on a large scale because I cannot see the whole picture at once.”

Despite the diagnosis, Angelina has an eye for art and design, and won’t stop pursuing her passion, which is why she created a unique type of art series, called Picture This.

“So I’m going to do a little bit of shading on that eyelid, see if you can hear it,” said Williams on the series.

Blindness is a spectrum, which means some people, like Angelina, who are legally blind, can see in ways others cannot, which is why sound is the key aspect.

“For me being visually impaired and knowing that eventually I will not be able to see my own work, I wanted to create something where you didn’t have to see the artwork but to hear it,” said Williams.

Right now, Williams sight is steady, and she’s continuing to create new characters and art that all can experience.

“Everybody can listen to it and then imagine this artwork being created in their minds,” said Williams.