Alissa is an abstract acrylic painter who works intuitively and is inspired by the natural world, her inner soul space, and from watching her two young children make art. Guided by her Waldorf education as a child, her life has always hummed with creativity and imagination. Alissa grew up in Maine and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Studio Art, focus in painting. She spent an informative junior year at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she stretched her creativity through 3-D, 4-D and art therapy classes. Alissa lived in Jackson, WY for 14 years before relocating in 2017 to Boulder, CO. Available work, upcoming events, and future painting workshops can be found at www.alissadavies.com.
I am interested in the ways that the art-making process reveals effective methods and tools for navigating the life-making process. The messages include and are not limited to: staying open to the unknown, staying with the ugly stages of a painting (and of life), being curious and exploratory, relishing in beauty and harmony, risking, and knowing when to stop. My paintings emerge from an intuitive place, intermingling with my knowledge of color theory, composition, and painting techniques. Each piece is generated spontaneously, taking cues from my inner world. Finding flow is what my creative process is based in, while paying homage to painting "rules" that make a piece interesting to a viewers eye. As a painting progresses I am interested in the interplay of form and the harmony of colors, while staying true to the organic forming of shapes and textures. Play, experimentation, movement and curiosity guide my process.