Creating Art After a Brain Injury

I'm stubborn. I was not--and I learned how to work with glass, and actually painting and drawing again just by doing it. I just really wanted to do it no matter what, so I just persisted. I think that is 9/10ths of it, it's not-- You know how they say something is 9/10ths perspiration and 1/10th inspiration? I think it's probably 1/10th perspiration, 1/10th inspiration, and 98% persistence. My accident has made me more creative in that it made me have to figure out if I'm here and want to get there, I can't just go that way. What can I do to get there? How can I get there? And that is--by that example I mean everything from physically getting from point A to point B, to drawing something, or communicating in a certain way with a specific audience. So it's made me more creative in that I have to figure out if I can't do it the way I used to, how can I do it?

Since her brain injury, world-renowned artist Ginny Ruffner has had to discover different and more inventive ways to create her art.

Posted on BrainLine September 19, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Ashley Gilleland, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.