Alissa Davies

Boulder, CO

I choose to paint abstractly because it communicates my inner world in the most succinct and honest outer way. Acrylics are quick-drying and easy to layer, able to showcase a past that shines through even when a painting is finished. I enjoy witnessing the histories and stories in my pieces, seeing colors come and go and recurring patterns mimic through pieces.

I am inspired by natures colors, patterns and textures; emotional states; inner worlds and true selves; and children making art. I do not have a preconceived idea when I paint, rather I work intuitively, allowing the painting to unfold as it needs to. I have inspirations and impulses that bring me to the canvas and my process taps into where I am in the moment. Taking risks, not holding on too preciously, playing, and being curious guide my art-making. My hope is that viewers feel alive when they look at my work, that they feel moved in an emotional way.

Becoming a mother in 2012 exploded my art open with great honesty and with the need to rewrite my own art rules instead of following external, learned rules. I am interested in the non-verbal ways that art communicates emotions, thoughts and beliefs about life. It is through my art that I feel most brave, most vocal, and I find great comfort and power in allowing the creative process to be a form of catharsis and release.

Working large allows me to dance with the paint and allow images to emerge as needed. Finding the flow and the release is what my creative process is based in, while paying homage to painting "rules" that make a piece interesting and pleasing to a viewers eye. I am interested in the interplay of form and the harmony of colors, while being true to the organic forming of shapes and textures as the painting progresses. Play, experimentation, movement and curiosity guide my process.

Painting/Acrylic, Mixed Media

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