Painting a Peace of Mind

A Traverse City man, who’s been blind since he was 13 years old, is creating artwork and greeting cards and using his talents to paint a new perspective in life.

Michael Sincic uses watercolor paint to create one of a kind pieces.

“After I lost my vision, I didn’t really know what was in store for me,” says Sincic.

Michael was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of thirteen.

“They were able to remove the tumor, but they knew that I was going to be blind after because of the stretching in the optic nerves. It was scary. It took a while to comprehend and to realize this is my life, and I need to learn a whole new way of doing things.”

Michael overcame his obstacle with an open mind and paintbrush in hand.

“I really enjoyed the feel of watercolors so I had bought just a basic set of them and started to play around with it. It makes me feel good. In a way, I’m contributing to everyday society or I’m also contributing to making people feel good.

Making himself feel good too, finding new norms within old ones.

“Before I lost my vision, I enjoyed getting up early in the morning and watching sunsets and things like that, so I think that’s why I enjoy doing them. And just because I can’t necessarily see them now doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy them through my artwork.”

Losing one of his sense of sight, but opening his eyes to perspectives he couldn’t see before.

“Yes, being blind is my story, but I don’t want them to feel bad for me. I still have a lot in my life and a lot to do with my life, so I was blessed to be able to have my life.” 

Michael travels to schools to talk to students about being blind and to teach art classes.

He says he wants to encourage others that art is your own interpretation and it doesn’t matter what other people think.