Finding New Inspiration at 94: Looking Forward to Tomorrow's Canvas
Hy Snell was born in the Bronx 94 years ago. He discovered a passion for art during his days in the Army and taught himself to paint and sculpt over the course of his life. Ten years ago, at the age of 84, Hy began rapidly losing his eyesight. Determined to continue on with his work (“What else would I do with myself?” he says), he moved forward despite his limitations and turned to a more abstract style reflective of his new view of the world. Hy is barely able to make out shapes and responds mostly to colors, but sees life as an ongoing experiment -- just like his art.
Hy defies the notion that we are never too old to start something new, believing each new work has the potential to be the best he’s ever done. Having sold over 1,000 of his pieces, he is now looking forward to whatever else may come from this shift in artistic style. “I can’t say I’m unhappy now, without my eyesight and everything else. I think my new art is more alive.”