Today we’d like to introduce you to Saz Ross. Them and their team share their story with us below:
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
This road has been anything but smooth. My journey has been bumpy, rough, and has come with an abundant amount of loss.
I quit my job in 2018 after not knowing how to cope with the loss of my mother who passed away in front of me. I started teaching art for a nonprofit and accepted a fraction of what I was paid previously to teach art in impoverished communities. I have had all of the crayons melt in my classroom and I have taught in spaces where students had no choice but to use the floor as a desk.
I almost lost my husband to my impulsive behavior and depression but I always knew that no matter what my life threw at me, my mom would protect me. I believe her spirit is what gave me the resilience and strength to keep reaching. Her spirit is alive in me and will never die.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in pen and ink illustration and storytelling. I consider myself to be a creative speaker and visual artist. My work challenges the space between the manmade and natural worlds. The imagery is playful yet powerful…it invites you in but will make you question what is being depicted.
I use pens and digital manipulation for custom artworks, logos, album art, and tattoo designs.
This past year, I have taken my business to new heights with muraling by creating my largest artwork yet (23 x 40 feet) on an exterior wall in Baltimore City. I am continuing to mural around the city and it has made my heart feel the fullest it has ever been.
I have also taken speaking to a new level by sharing my story and message in a Ted Talk called Get Lost: A Guide to Accessing Creativity.
I am proud of my vulnerability and my power to let those around me feel comfortable enough to access a creative outlet and use it to enhance their personal and professional lives. I am proud of my work with the homeless community in Baltimore in creating Arts and Business class called “SMARTS in Business”, which is an online course that allows students to interact, network, create art, and learn how to use creative gifts to make a profit, change lives, and build confidence in the art of speech.
I am proud of the conversations I have with strangers who ask me about my work. If you cannot unsee my designs, I am honored to have that impact on someone.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to use speaking professionally as a way to build my art business. I find many creatives to be insular creatures but once that shell is broken, it allows you to grow, thrive, and prosper.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
You must get lost in creativity in order to be found in the eyes of confidence.
Getting lost feeds spontaneity, humility, and originality so the world must redefine lost as a pathway to creativity and confidence.
As far as problem-solving, our minds are habituated and drawn to it. If we are getting lost physically, it allows us to have a heightened sense of awareness in regards to our environment and actions. But how does this link to creativity? Creatives notice the unnoticed. Creatives take risks. Creativity heals.
Creativity is the most important tool we have as innovators and as human beings.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.sazafrassfactory.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saz_ross
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sazafrassfactory
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/saz_ross
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNFb0wK-osxdyJXVXNnHMA
Image Credit: Main Photo with illustrations on top of portrait- Halle Keighton