LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From the ceiling to the floors and every bit of hanging space in between, vivid pieces of art liven the walls inside Tasiir Franz's home in the Highlands.
"My very first painting," began Franz, "took like two weeks for me because I didn't know nothing about painting."
Turns out, he has only been painting for a short while.
"I started painting in November of last year and that was in 2013," said Franz.
Franz's lust for art, however, had been a love affair decades in the making. For years, his first artistic heart throb had been slender and petite standing just several inches to be exact.
"Sometimes I'll use a BIC Grip," said Franz while holding a ballpoint pen. "It really doesn't matter how expensive the pen is because the tool is really just the tool. It's the person behind the tool that actually makes that tool work."
It's a skill the once transient artist taught himself by studying the works of others and practicing.
"There is no erasing. You know, there is no room for error," said Franz. "You're drawing, and then you wipe. You're drawing, and then you wipe."
For Franz, the unique talent also became a life-saving outlet.
"When you talk about art for me, it wasn't until I lost my son, I had to reevaluate myself."
Thanks to his artistic abilities, Franz has gained clarity through his work enabling him to overcome a troubled youth and the untimely death of his son to SIDs.
"I was adopted," said Franz. "Art's been a saving grace for me."
Art had also been profitable for Franz, but he said that mattered to him least.
"It's not money that actually makes you a success. Your sanity is way more important than a paycheck," said Franz. "So, for me, I am rich."
Franz plans to use that wealth of knowledge and talent to continuing transform adversity into art one stroke at a time.
While Franz will travel to Austria and Germany this year to study under renowned artists, he will continue giving back locally by speaking with area high school students interested in art.
To learn more about Tasiir Franz, click here.
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