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  • This is Denis.

    Denis is a farmer in West Falmouth, Maine.

    Denis is a veteran.

    Denis is a painter.

    Denis is also blind.

    Denis sees his world through touch. He uses a cane to walk around his farm. He lives on his farm with his wife, Sarah. Their two sons work on the farm.

    Winslow Farm on Grey road, is a magical place. Fields of blueberries. Gardens of flowers. Old trucks in the fields. The greenhouses are like churches but with plastic instead of stained glass.

    Denis grows cucumbers from Spain and tomatoes from Italy. He believes in organic food. He believes in family.

    Denis is upset about his vision. He thinks it has something to do with the shrapnel from Vietnam. He is upset that he can never see his farm or his wife or his children. But Denis still paints. Sarah guides his hand as he lays paint on canvas. She tells him what colors he is using and where. He knows his studio like the back of his hand, pointing out sculptures and paintings he did long ago, as if he could still see them.

    Denis might never see again, but he can touch and he can create.
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