What would you do if your dream career was just beginning to take off and you were diagnosed with a disease that would seemingly rob you of those dreams? In this TED Talk, Timothy Chambers, a lifelong artist, talks about how he has achieved success as an artist despite a diagnosis that has steadily robbed him of his vision and hearing. In this powerful message, he shares with the audience how his diagnosis brought about good change in his career – and his life.
Timothy is a lifelong artist, having grown up amidst the scents, dust, and beautiful paintings of his father’s Chicago studio. Exhibiting a passion for drawing, he was first trained by his dad, William Chambers. Later, Timothy trained with other exemplary artists – Cedric Egeli, Joanette Hoffman Egeli, Sebastian Capella (who studied with Joquin Sorolla), and Henry Hensche of the Cape Cod School of Art (who studied in the lineage of Charles Hawthorne, William Merrit Chase, and Claude Monet) – who are part of the great heritage of American master painters.
Timothy’s solid draftsmanship established him among the world’s best portraitists, and his foray into impressionism with Henry Hensche sets his colorful landscapes and portraits apart from the crowd. Few artists, portraitist or otherwise, are able to marry color and draftsmanship in such a passionate embrace.
At the age of 30 and shortly after taking second place out of over 1600 entries in an international portrait painting competition in New York City, Timothy was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a disease that steadily robs him of his sight and hearing and has since left him legally blind. Despite this devastating diagnosis over twenty-five years ago, Timothy has carried on his artistic passions and become a remarkable and extraordinary artist.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx