LOUISVILLE, KY (CNN) -- A Kentucky man is making a name for himself as an artist. And he's using an unusual tool for his works: simple ball-point pens.

One look at the outside, and you might not think twice about this Highlands home. But, walk inside, and you'll quickly reconsider. Welcome to the world of Tasiir Franz where you'll first be greeted by Tootie, then, captivated by art.

Turns out, he's only been painting for a short while. He said, "See, I started getting faster. I started painting in November of last year and that was in 2013."

But Franz's lust for art has been a love affair decades in the making. His first artistic heartthrob can be described as slender and petite, a ball-point pen. He said, "There is no erasing. You know, there is no room for error. 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 a unique talent that turned life-saving outlet. He said, "If you can fool the mirror, you can fool the naked eye. When you talk about art for me, it wasn't until I lost my son, I had to reevaluate myself."

Like his mirror, Franz has gained clarity through his work, overcoming his troubled youth and the untimely death of his son to SIDS by channeling life into his art. He said, "Art's been a saving grace for me."

And profitable as well, but Franz says that matters to him least. He said, "It's not money that actually makes you a success. Your sanity is way more important than a paycheck. So, for me, I am rich."

A wealth of knowledge and talent Franz nurtures regularly as he transforms adversity into art one stroke at a time.

While Tasiir will travel to Austria and Germany this year to study under renowned artists, he'll continue giving back locally, taking time out to speak with high school students interested in art.

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