About BlindSpot Art

Vaness Ashrord Vanessa Ashford
CEO/Founder and Facilitator for Self-Help Art and Wellness

BlindSpot Art is the primary project of South Carolina fine artist and creative soul, Vanessa Ashford.

Vanessa's Grandma Pearl was instrumental in developing her keen sense of aesthetics and design. Grandma Pearl was a strong-willed christian woman. She and her husband owned a farm in the South and had ten children. Grandma Pearl was a remarkable homemaker and artisan. The gorgeous quilts, clothes, and doll dresses she created were made all the more remarkable by the fact that she only had one hand.

As a young girl she had lost a hand in a fire. Not a person to draw attention to a deficit, Grandmother Pearl ensured that her clothes were tailored to disquise the lack of a hand, and went on to live a creative life filled with beauty — and pass on her spirit to her grandchild.

Vanessa discovered art to be a positive remedy to unexpressed emotions — rendering both enjoyment and serenity. She now uses that discovery to help others to identify and eliminate blind spots in their own lives.

Ms. Ashford is much more than just a fine artist. She also received a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. Her education, background, and experiences have afforded her opportunities such as: supervisor for a neighborhood youth program, substance abuse counseling assistant, public relations presenter on intervention and rehabilitation services to inmates in local penal institutions, book talk facilitator at an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, group home counselor, suicide-hotline prevention counselor, and an expressive arts instructor. Based on her lifelong experiences, talents, and passion to help people, Ms. Ashford created BlindSpot Art — a new type of art — to help others experience positive personal change by identifying and removing their blindspots.

Can’t draw?
Can’t Paint?
Doesn’t matter!

BlindSpot Art wants you to know that anyone can express themselves through art. We regularly hear clients say things like, “I can’t draw.” Words like “can’t” are often at the heart the issues that we are trying to help clients conquer.

It doesn’t matter if your art isn’t fit for an art museum (neither is most anyone else's really). The important thing is self-expression. Art allows you to express yourself in ways that you may never have imagined. So, allow yourself to move beyond the thoughts telling you "I can't" to find the creativity within you that shows you that "you can".

Learn more

To learn more about Vanessa and her work visit her blog Blindspot Art Stories.