Blind NJ resident paints ornament for White House tree

A Jersey City resident was reminded of her personal achievements when she was chosen to decorate an ornament to be displayed on the Christmas tree at the White House.

Bojana Coklyat, 29, is an accomplished painter, despite the fact that she is legally blind. She quit painting as her sight worsened due to diabetes, but was inspired to return to art after coming to the New Jersey Foundation for the Blind.

"It really helped turn things around for me,? Coklyat says. ?It just really got me back into painting and got those creative juices flowing again."

Coklyat not only paints now, but helps teach others at the Foundation. She will have her first art exhibit since losing her sight at the Foundation on Feb. 28.

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