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Blind Dubuque boy wins national art competition

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Just because you don't have sight, doesn't mean you can't have vision.

Ryder Drapeau proved that recently, when his art piece, "Blue Dog Blue", won first place in a national art competition hosted by the National American Printing House for the Blind.

"I thought it would be kind of odd to have a blue dog in a river," he said.

Ryder, a 3rd grader at Table Mound Elementary School in Dubuque, says art is his favorite subject at school.

"I really like cutting," he says, as he cuts out the pieces to make a farm scene.  He's doing his project in 3D, while his classmates draw the same scene.

Ryder doesn't let his lack of sight keep him from being at home in the most visual of mediums.

"I just use like foam and stuff so I can feel it," he said.

There's no denying his one-of-a-kind style.

"Everything that he creates is uniquely Ryder's," said Barbara Osterholz, Ryder's art teacher.

She says that even though he can't see what he's doing, it doesn't stop him from diving in head first.

"He just goes right to town. He has no limitations, he just dives right in," Osterholz said.

Ryder just continues to prove that just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

"It's challenging, but I give that little guy a lot of credit. He really is amazing, it's amazing what he comes up with," Osterholz said.

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