An artist’s perspective. Creativity over fear.

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — People with various backgrounds and professions are walking through life and work differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an unprecedented time filled with uncertainty, it is unique to see the various ways in which individuals are approaching their time and their outlook on the situation.

We received an artist’s perspective.

William Saari is a Roanoke artist. Saari is humble and immensely creative. He discovered he was an artist at twelve years old, coming back to the vocation on and off for many years.

Saari says he is affected by sadness for others during this crisis, but he knows we’ll get through this. Rather than choosing to occupy his time with fear or sadness, Saari is choosing to fill it with creativity.

“As a person who does art, I don’t think about the work in terms of money, I think about the work in terms of the process and so I occupy my time doing something creative. I don’t worry about things, like I said worrying doesn’t solve anything… I enjoy the process, whether it’s writing or whether it’s making visual images. It also keeps my mind occupied and I don’t have to dwell on all the negativity that’s going on in the world and it kind of makes you peaceful to be steeped in those positive thoughts and using your creativity.”

William Saari, Artist and Writer

Saari says the pandemic makes you think about the significance, importance or the unimportance of what you’re doing.

I thought about something this morning. When there is a disaster like a hurricane or a tornado, or flooding, all the citizens of an area jump out and are willing to help people in their community, but where you have to be sequestered or quarantined in a space like your home or apartment that’s not an option so what you do is, you sort of focus on how to get through the weeks, how to get through the hours, how to get through the days doing something that will keep your mind occupied and you’ve got to maintain a good sense of not living in fear and also not worrying.

William Saari, Artist and Writer

It seems other artists are choosing to use this time to create as well. Saari says that a lot of the artists he knows are being prolific, creating a steady flow of their work. He says with many having more time on their hands, they are using that time towards productivity and creating images, ceramics, and more.

“I have a friend who is turning out one beautiful decorative mug after another and I’m so impressed with that.”

William Saari, Artist and Writer

Whether you are an artist or have interest in the arts, Saari’s perspective can serve as inspiration.

“If you think that you have nothing to do and you’re going to be climbing the walls with boredom, open your mind a little bit and think, ‘maybe I can do this or maybe I can do that, or maybe I could practice a foreign language, learn a little bit more about a foreign language.’ There are a number of things a person can do if they use their creativity and open their minds to the possibilities.”

William Saari, Artist and Writer

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