Artist Christine Wichers triumphs over injury

 Christine Wichers presents her Honorable Mention work, “Dirty Birdie,” at the Temecula Valley Art League’s show, Aug. 4, at the Hotel Temecula. Kris Latimer photo
Christine Wichers presents her Honorable Mention work, “Dirty Birdie,” at the Temecula Valley Art League’s show, Aug. 4, at the Hotel Temecula. Kris Latimer photo

Victor Miller

Special to Valley News

Christine Wichers is not an ordinary artist. Yes, she paints with a brush and palette, but the artist, who won two prizes at the Temecula Valley Art League show, Aug. 4, uses an unorthodox method to create her works.

After years of repetitive motion that eventually led to permanent nerve damage, Wichers has a debilitating and involuntary shaking in her brush hand. Instead of letting the disability force her to put aside her paint box, she found a way to continue her passion for art by using both hands to paint.

She said her inspiration came from her husband, Ron Wichers, who was severely wounded and lost his left forearm during the Vietnam War. Rather than embrace bitterness of the war, Ron Wichers chose to see the disfiguring injury as a blessing – he survived Vietnam and moved on with his life, she said.

Christine Wichers chose to take a similar attitude with her disability. Finding that she’s still able to paint with her brush hand by steadying it with her good one, she turned her misfortune into a positive challenge.

The Temecula Valley Art League show had about 100 submissions offered for blind judgment. They chose her work “Dirty Birdie” for Honorable Mention and $25 prize.

Though Christine Wichers said she was happy with her Aug. 4 triumph, she’s not interested in resting on her laurels, instead, she’s pointing to the future – with both hands.

For more on Christine Wichers, visit www.christinewichersphotographyandfineart.com.

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