FMTV - Vision - Seeing Is Believing

Vision - Seeing Is Believing

Runtime: 19m 59s | Release date: 2018

Jim Hansel is one of the most collected artists in North America. He is renowned for his paintings of nature, landscapes and Americana. He is not your ordinary artist. His story comes with a fascinating twist: he is legally blind. When he was a boy, he was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a form of macular degeneration that affects children and young adults.

While Jim cannot make out a person’s face from a foot away, he has a remarkable vision for the paintings he creates. His resilience and perseverance enabled him to continue to stay on top of his game, creating new paintings every year. He does this with technology that allows him to see the details of each brush stroke, resulting in amazing works of art.

Over the course of a year, filmmaker Mark Anderson documented the creation of Hansel's "Home of the Brave" painting, from its inspiration in a small Minnesota town, through the very first touch of brush to canvas, to the final steps of framing and presentation. Anderson accompanied Hansel to Mayo Clinic and sat in on a conference with his world-renowned ophthalmologist.

“Vision came from within, and it was just a matter of bringing it into reality, inch by inch, on a blank canvas.” — Jim Hansel

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Jan Moore | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Inspirational, thank you FMTV for sourcing these great stories
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
You are welcome Jan :) ~Joyce@FMTV
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Pamela Hall | 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Heartfelt thanks for sharing your story and gift. Truly awesome. One beautifully gifted Soul sharing his beautiful gift in art. If you see it within your Soul you can create it and Jim does just that. Blessings in love and light Pamela
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Lovely message, Pamela! Thank you :) ~ Pauline@FMTV
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Susan Seifert | 3 months, 4 weeks ago
An amazing store, touching! I am truly inspired by Jim! This was a wonderful story to watch after a long week. The mind is so powerful. Thank you FMTV!
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 3 months, 4 weeks ago
You're very much welcome, Susan! So pleased to know you were inspired by the film! 🌷 ~ Iris@FMTV
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Carol Pearce | 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Praise God for technology and a loving wife partner. Love his mantra, 'I see a complete image when i look at a blank canvas, its just a matter of time to put the brush to it. He is an inspiring gift to us all.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us Carol :) ~ Joyce
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Charleen Keslar | 6 months ago
Inspired by Jim’s resilience and art. Hope my daughter grows up with like passion, rising beyond the debilitating disease. She was diagnosed with same disease this year at age 12. One’s mindset truly defines ones life. Interested to know how to help instill this type of positive mindset in children so they are raised with resiliency, ready to face the world in adulthood.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing us your story Charleen. Jim's story is truly an inspiration :) ~ Joyce
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