“Into the Mystic”
24″ x 31″
Acrylic on Wood
When Westerville-native Adam Kolp was in high school, he was diagnosed with Keratoconus, an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea and causes vision issues. Even though his vision became a constant struggle and he was placed on the cornea transplant list, he still continued on at Otterbein University, taking classes and making artwork.
After two cornea transplants and a pending graduation, Adam decided to return to Otterbein College and get a degree in education so he could share his love of art. Adam is a 4th and 5th grade art teacher in New Albany. He enjoys sharing his passion for art with his students so much that his job doesn’t feel like work. Adam also has established himself as a local professional artist, creating many original and commissioned pieces of art work.
“My love of art and my struggle with vision are so closely related. I don’t think I would have the appreciation for art, for the attention to detail, for the ability to make fine lines or blurred images, without my vision struggle,” says Adam. “[It] taught me so much about life, about not wasting a second, about the lessons you learn when you lose. I am thankful for another day to be inspired and create.”
Adam’s piece “Into the Mystic” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of Adam’s work online: www.adamkolpart.com