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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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Carol Pearce | 1 month 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 | 1 month ago
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us Carol :) ~ Joyce
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Charleen Keslar | 1 month 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 | 1 month ago
Thank you for sharing us your story Charleen. Jim's story is truly an inspiration :) ~ Joyce
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Jodi Dobbs | 1 month, 1 week ago
So talented by using his gifts! This touched me in so many ways. I grew up always saying Believing is Seeing and someone always corrected me, saying no - it's seeing is believing. To this day I continue to say Believing is Seeing. Our Faith leads us in so many ways. And, I always have a vision on what the final drawing/painting will look like, I trust in God's plan to make that vision be a reality. All things are possible with good intentions and Faith. Great Story, if we all trusted and remove fear and doubt just think what a wonderful world this would be.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
So very pleased to hear you loved the film, Jodi and thank you so much for sharing your insights! ❤️ ~ Iris
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Michelle Young | 1 month, 2 weeks ago | Edited 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Jim Hansel you are an incredible example of creativity of how far the human will and soul can reach. Your story brought tears to my heart as you encourage and remind me and all to be true to who we are and the gift we have within ourselves no matter what so called obstacle, condition or circumstance we might be faced with. My vision continues to deteriorate due to neurological reasons. The disability office at the college I attend has introduced me to several technologies to help me see and move forward with my education. It was amazing watching you complete your beautiful piece of art. You and your family are precious, thank you for sharing your story.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Truly a lesson in resiliency for us all! Thanks for watching, Michelle! ~ Jasmin ❤
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Sian Owen | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Amazing man and what he does on a canvas is incredible.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
We agree with you, Sian! Thank you for this feedback :) ~ Pauline
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