After Brain Injury Prevented Him from Returning to His Job, Devon Man Finds New Calling in Art

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"Houses on a Hill" by Salvatore Panasci.

After a traumatic brain injury prevented him from returning to his previous job as senior vice president and creative director of an advertising firm, Devon resident Salvatore Panasci turned to art and discovered his true calling, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.

“Portions of my brain were damaged,” said Panasci, now 71. “I couldn’t resume my career because I couldn’t do the work.”

Due to damage to his optic nerve, a specialist recommended art therapy. Initially not really interested in painting, he began with watercolors, which turned out to be “the most difficult medium.”

Still, he persisted and completed six paintings within a few months. He then spent two years learning about painting at Wayne Art Center, Main Line Art Center, and Chester County Art Association, before joining the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Over the last two decades, his works have been featured in many galleries nationwide and are included in collections held by the Christopher Reeve Foundation, among many others.

Read more about Salvatore Panasci in Main Line Today here.

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