Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza (Hardcover)
The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
Purple House Press, 9781930900738, 1pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
George started going blind at age 15 from a degenerative eye disease. It wasn't the sudden onset of blindness that many people experience. George lost his central vision and started seeing things that weren't there--eyes floating in the air, extraordinary colors, objects multiplied and reflected back. He describes this condition as having "kaleidoscope eyes."
He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record in the mile for blind runners, and later competing in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist, Mendoza's paintings are a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.