Artist Ernie Gallegos, from Brighton, Colorado, became interested in art at a young age, ironically because of his poor eyesight. When he got his first pair of glasses, the world he previously saw in faded hues and shades became visible in detail. Gallegos can better see shapes and shades, the foundation of painting, without glasses; he puts on his glasses to capture detail. Little Lenna, created in 2004, is an 8x10 pastel painting of Gallegos’s daughter. See other works by the artist at or contact him at

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