Kassandra Ruiz-Wise was a teacher before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom and artist. But her teacher’s heart still wants to help aspiring artists grow.
That desire to help encourage a young artist resulted in her gifting an iPad to 12-year-old Hailey Hyder, a student at South Cumberland.
“When I see someone who is passionate about art at such a young age, I want to make a connection with them,” Ruiz-Wise said, adding it can help inspire young artists to see people in their community following their artistic path.
She herself has found inspiration in Crossville’s connection with an artist she admires. Michael Turner, who was born in Crossville, forged a career in comic book art, creating illustrations for Top Cow Productions before creating Witchblade, a comic book series that published from 1995 to 2015, and Fathom, which debuted in 1998.
“I used to flip through the comics because my dad had them,”…