26 year-old Kimberley Burrows is one of our 10,000 library members. She is a great supporter of our work and writes blogs for us and tests our Touch to See books prior to publication. Recently we came across this article in Marie Claire about inspiring women who haven’t let anything stand in the way of them achieving their goals. Kimberley was featured for her work as a very successful illustrator.
Here’s her story:
‘I was born prematurely and my optic nerves didn’t develop properly – I’m completely blind in my right eye and only have 10% sight in my left. Since I can remember I’ve loved drawing – but I prefer to use pencil as it’s more precise; I find I get paint everywhere. People are shocked when they realise my art was created by a blind person and question how it’s possible; I simply work using the images I see in my mind. I’ve exhibited my work to the public and last year I won the RNIB’s Young Illustrator of the Year Award. My dream is to illustrate children’s books – I won’t let being blind get in the way of that goal.’