About BlindSpot Art
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.
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".
To learn more about Vanessa and her work visit her blog Blindspot Art Stories.
Vanessa Ashford is a super creative, compassionate, and upbeat woman! She has a hope-filled attitude and a dynamic personality. The wisdom and perseverance she has learned are evident, not only in her artwork, but especially in sharing her positive perspectives and love with hurting people in schools, hospitals, and other institutions.
Vanessa is eager to use many types of art to penetrate the hearts of children, youth, and adults who have been abused, abandoned, and emotionally scarred. As a counselor, I am personally impressed by Vanessa’s intuitiveness on social issues, her contagious energy, and her commitment to lead others in processing their pain and losses.
Joan E. Havens
I have been acquainted with Ms. Ashford for over 7 years. During this time I have found her to be highly intelligent and skilled in all areas of planning, organizing and coordination. She conducted seminars and workshops that were very informative and effective from the executive level. She has excellent organization, planning, and execution skills. Her knowledge and abilities were evident while I observed her in action during several faith-based expressive art presentations at a youth center in Atlanta, Georgia.
I am a Retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Retired US Government Administrator. I worked closely with SBA Service Corps of the Retired Executives (Score). During this time I met no one with the natural ability of Ms. Ashford to organize, coordinate and successfully carry out conferences, seminars, and workshops to a successful conclusion.
Robert H. Taylor Sr.