Florida resident Barry Rose is a talented artist who is getting more and more attention for his colorful pieces. What's remarkable about Rose, who's a resident of Niceville, is that he's totally colorblind and yet creates vivid, bold sketches that he fills with brilliant technicolor.
Most people who are colorblind can see at least some color, just in different shades. For Rose, everything appears gray, which makes his artwork even more amazing.
The colors he puts together, not only do they work, but they are impeccable choices.
Rose cannot explain how he chooses the colors he uses. In fact, he has no idea what the finished product even looks like. He is careful about where he lays down the colored pencil he's working with at the time, for continuity purposes. Rose focuses on shapes and often hides a surprise or two within each piece.
Rose remembers loving to color back in Sunday school, but his efforts frustrated a classmate.
"You're coloring the sky green and the grass blue, and that's not right," a classmate would tell him. That statement helped Rose realize a fact that would help shape his life. “Well, I’m colorblind and I don't see any colors," Rose said.
Rose is an accidental artist. He just fell in love with it. The retired teacher and former football coach was asked to teach art temporarily and he loved it enough to eventually lead classes.
“He's too humble. I keep trying to get him to accept the fact he is good," art gallery owner Marty Campbell said.
In just over a year, Rose has garnered a regional following. Campbell said his work is in high-demand, mainly due to his dazzling use of color.
Rose says if given the chance to see color, he’s not sure he would. But he does enjoy how shades and hues affect each other. Rose is kind of confused by the fuss. “I don't know what I do, I don't even know why I do what I do."
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