Montana Native, Dean Munson was born with a genetic optic decease that hinders his visual ability. Munson has learned to grow up without a clear image of life, yet he creates detailed paintings of nature. Munson says "My lack of vision adds to the spirituality and creativeness of the painting...A lot of times I have to draw from a photo because I just can't see some of the animals in nature, but I always add the detail to make it my own."
Munson, whose first name is Richard but goes by Dean has a jovial attitude about life despite his challenges. "My father's name was Richard, and I didn't want to be called little dick, so I just go by Dean." "I've got plenty of gadgets to help me really get up close and give my paintings the detail I want"
You can see more of Munson's paintings at the Capitol building in the Politically Correct Cafeteria, in Helena.
The State Capitol is showcasing works of at the Politically Correct Cafeteria