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Jim Hansel, one of America s premier wildlife, nature and landscape artists, is an artist with a twist. At the age of 12, Jim was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Stargardts. This eye condition has left him legally blind.In spite of his limited vision, he pursued his passion for painting with the use of low vision devices and has become one of the most collected artists in the United States and Canada. As a result of his partial loss of vision, Jim hopes to serve as an inspiration to the American spirit in overcoming his disability and pursuing his passion for art. With images in nature, wildlife and Americana, Jim shows versatility and love of his subjects. At a young age, Jim began to demonstrate his artistic ability. Throughout his life, he never swayed from his childhood dream of becoming an artist. Jim s love of wildlife and the outdoors has been the subject of his artwork for many years. Hansel believes that due to his vision, he spends more time on a painting adding more detail than many other artists. He has spent up to four months on a single painting. Jim has also received much recognition and numerous awards for his work.