Lloyd Burlingame, successful Broadway stage designer and distinguished educator in theater arts, was at the height of his career when he learned that a hereditary condition would destroy most or all of his vision. Feeling the loss not only of his profession but also his identity, he asked himself: “What good is a blind artist?”
This is Burlingame’s story of seeking meaning in suffering and discovering an inner source in Jungian analysis. While still able to paint, he recorded the dream images that offered guidance on the inner road deep within him. Reproduced here, a selection of his paintings uniquely adds to his story.
On his journey of discovery, he reinvents himself as an author. Yet he considers the greatest achievement of his life to be finally accepting himself as nature made him: a unique individual, able to embrace the formerly despised and rejected parts of himself, to attain wholeness, freed to live fully.