By Allyson Lemay
Acrylic paint. Gallery wrapped 36x36 canvas.
As long as I can remember, art has always been a part of my life. Growing up with a mother who was an accomplished artist in Nashville, I learned to cultivate and develop my own style organically from surrounding art influences. I was lucky enough to be submerged in the arts from a very early age and I continue to draw on all I learned over the years when creating my own pieces. After painting for many years, I took a decade off to raise my three children Olivia, Ally and Rob. Now residing in Richmond for almost eleven years, I have loved finding my way back into the art world and continue to grow as an artist.
After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, I worked in advertising before leaving the corporate workforce to become an independent artist. Whether I am working on a still life or an abstract piece, I love finding new ways to express myself through different methods and cultivating new techniques along the way. My perspective and approach to how I create has developed over many years and only continues to broaden as I experience so many new ways to approach the creative process. My love of color is evident in much of my artwork. Many of my paintings encompass bold colorful patterns as well as intricate imagery. I enjoy exploring different ways to translate my art. My collage works are a good example of how I have taken shelved or discarded works and recycled them in to completely new unique pieces of art.