Growing up in her native Egypt, Jeannine Choueri’s artistic talent was evident from a very young age. Years later in Montreal, as a busy young mother and a special education teacher, painting had been relegated to the past. That is, until one fateful day in 1987 when a car accident left Choueri legally blind. “My life began to change direction. It was like I was being brought back to my roots as an artist” recounted the vivacious artist. Her new life path was set when a chance meeting with a Quebec painter Silvain Riel, whose work she admired, prompted Choueri to begin taking weekly painting lessons with him in his Old Montreal studio. “When I’d ask him how I could still be an artist with so little sight, he’d say “everything is possible””.