Ayana Ross (b. 1977) is a representational artist who’s figurative and portraiture work explores the human experience through issues of race, family and heritage. In doing so she hopes both to celebrate and draws attention to shared experiences of living in the American South. Prior to painting, Ayana began her career in the fashion design industry, however, in 2002, following the events of 9/11, she left New York and transitioned into a career in Art Education. In 2006, Ayana began exploring her studio practice of painting and printmaking while living in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over the years her painting practice grew allowing her to exhibit in her first show in 2013. In addition to holding a BS in Apparel Design from Georgia Southern University, and a MA in Liberal Arts from University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Ayana is also looking forward to receiving an MFA degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design by the summer of 2021. Ayana teaches secondary art education and lives just in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and four children. She continues to exhibit her work in various shows and galleries throughout the region, as well as, provide commissioned work for her beloved clients.