Watercolor Artist

Seeing the LIGHT

LANA PRIVITERA HAS BUILT A SUCCESSFUL ART CAREER—TWICE.

Born and raised in Spain, she moved to the United States in the 1990s. Inspired by the architecture in her new home and armed with some basic art experience, she taught herself to paint house portraits in watercolor. Soon, she was doing a brisk business, making a living and having fun in the process.

Then, about 15 years ago, Privitera suffered a life-changing setback. She’d had vision problems her entire life, but they started to get much worse. Her eyesight was so bad that she had to stop painting and thought she’d never paint again—and she didn’t for 10 years.

Throughout this long hiatus, however, Privitera never forgot about art. By 2015, she’d gotten control of her eyesight problems enough to consider a return to painting, even though she lacked depth perception and

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