Creating Art After a Brain Injury

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

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?
Posted on BrainLine September 19, 2012.

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