A Newport man who partially lost his eyesight four years ago has picked up his paint brush again, determined to create art again.

Nic Hughes, 59, lost his peripheral vision four years ago as a result of a brain haemorrhage.

Once a keen painter who held art exhibitions in Malpas and Caerleon, he stopped painting because of the loss of his vision.

“It is like wearing blinkers on both eyes,” he said of his condition.

Mr Hughes said he was “quite depressed” for sometime, but began receiving support from the charity Sight Cymru which has helped him, although he said it is sight difficult to adjust to the loss of his sight.

“I cannot drive anymore,” he said.

“I am just stuck in most of the time.

“All the little things we take for granted become harder.”

When Mr Hughes still had his full eyesight, he used to paint in his spare time, in particular landscapes and admitted he was “scared” to go back to it.

But nine months ago he tried painting again and has managed to create art, despite his disability.

“Colours are different now and shapes and forms,” he said.

“Now I have started painting abstract and my style has become different.”

Mr Hughes thanked Sight Cymru for the support it has given him getting back into his art.


John Beavan, of Sight Cymru said Mr Hughes was now in a “much better place.”

“Nic was referred to Sight Cymru several years ago as someone having difficulty coming to terms with loss of sight,” he said.

“Nic is one of many success stories and is once again enjoying his passion for painting.”

Mr Hughes said there is still “a long road ahead,” for him but he will continue creating abstract paintings and is hopeful to exhibit his work once more.

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