ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hello! I'm Alissa and I'm an artist living just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

 

I have always loved craft projects of all kinds related to the natural world. As a child I would try to draw and paint landscape scenes and floral bouquets I found in books and magazines. When I was a bit older and got my first digital camera, I started taking macro photos of flowers. I was amazed at the detail I found when studying them closely, and decided it was something I eventually wanted to try and capture with a paintbrush.

 

Academic studies kept me busy though, so during high school and into college I wasn't painting much at all. It wasn't until I had an elective drawing class while pursuing a business degree that I was truly intrigued by artistic possibilities. Along with florals and landscapes, for the first time I tried drawing and painting structures, characters, and portraits. That class helped me improve my drawing skills greatly in a relatively short period of time, and I realized that dedicated practice of something that I loved as much as art could be very beneficial.

In mid 2016, after years of working in various customer service and sales roles that I didn't enjoy, I was able to devote much more time to developing as an artist as I quit my full time corporate job to move to another state with my military husband. This period of practice consisted of me painting as much as I could to gain insight as to how I could improve - learning more about colors/textures/how to compose images through trial and error, studying other artists and their palettes and techniques, and working freely on subjects that called to me without added pressure or deadlines. This period was crucial in bringing me to where I am today artistically.

 

Finally in July 2018, I made the decision to pursue painting full time and start a small business. I set goals and created work to share with the world. I am so thankful that I am able to share this with you. I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and every day I'm striving to do more. Thank you so much for visiting and for your support!

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