Iconic People: Cliff Potts

Cliff Potts was raised near the small town of Custer, Montana. At fifteen he contracted polio and nearly died. He lost the use of his arms and legs and spent many months in an iron lung. Because of this ordeal Cliff developed a profound spirituality, beginning with the realization that every breath he took was a gift from God. Using a tongue controlled electronic “Golden Arm”, to manipulate his own left arm, Cliff produces original artwork in pen and inks, watercolors and oils, as well as limited edition prints and cards. Many of Cliff’s drawings and paintings reflect his rural Montana heritage and his spiritual reverence. Hope is a pre-dominate thread in his life and in his art he frequently expresses it through the use of vibrant color. No matter what the medium or subject his artistic vision brings him back time and again, to the lessons he learned as a boy, awe for the majesty of creation, a belief in the power of God, and the knowledge that survival takes teamwork.


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