Blind Columbia artist develops “paint Braille system”

Today’s feel-good story comes courtesy of’s Karamie Sullivan, and we couldn’t wait to share it.

Ron Ferguson, the “Grit Man”

A Columbia area visual artist who taught art in Hampton after serving in the Navy has complete vision loss in one eye and sees only “glimmers of light” in his other. But it’s not stopping Ron Ferguson’s creative pursuits in painting, drawing, and 3D art.

“One day I said, I’m going to be determined to not let this stop me from doing the thing I’m so passionately in love with. Art is my life,” he said.

Ferguson developed a “paint Braille system” that allows him to identify primary paint colors. Knowing those, he can mix them to create other colors.

Read more about the “Grit Man” on