City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation

City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation 102 Public Square – -931.645.7476 ARTIST INFORMATION: Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation will be hosting the local artist, Tracy Bettencourt, during the October 2019 First Thursday Art Walk. Tracy Bettencourt,…

City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation

102 Public Square – -931.645.7476

ARTIST INFORMATION:

Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation will be hosting the local artist, Tracy Bettencourt, during the October 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Tracy Bettencourt, owner/artist of Bettencourt Originals, advocate for persons with disabilities, former fitness competitor, motivational speaker and APSU alumni, began to lose her eyesight in
her early 30s from an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Although the disease has left her
blind, the hardships she experienced have not prevented her from living her life to the best of her
abilities. She brings new insight to how art is viewed.

“I am blind. I lost my eyesight over twelve years ago and within the past five years began painting
using my hands. My life is very structured and I use assistive technology on my IPhone and IPad
to identify colors. The paints I use are textured acrylic and forms of puffy paint. My hands are
my eyes and the puffy paint allows me to convey my thoughts and feelings onto canvas using
tactile lines. Every day I wake and live in darkness yet with my newfound skill of painting, I am
able to share my unique perception of the world around me as well as conveying the unseen
beauty of life. My paintings reflect hope, adversity, love, positivity, strength and determination. I
put my heart, soul and insight into every piece of artwork. Each piece of artwork is a Bettencourt
Original. There will always be a mountain to climb yet I strongly feel that no matter what the
obstacle, there is light within darkness and therefore there is hope.”

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