Whitney Biggs

"Kindness inspires me," says Whitney Biggs. It's this simple mantra that keeps the artist going. After losing her mother to cancer and surviving a bout with the disease herself, the Knoxville-based mom collaborated with Sabra Miller and Janice Maples to create Treasured Passages, a collection of personalized letter books to help loved ones learn more about each other.

"Our books are about building and remembering relationships," she says, adding that she hopes each one-of-a-kind tome lives on in the hearts of those who fill it out. "When someone gives you a present like a letter book, it represents hope for a stronger relationship. It might just stir your soul."