A graduate of Syracuse University, Alison Jerry began her career working at Hallmark Cards and later transitioned into freelance design in New York City. After experimenting with fine art, she realized that painting allowed her to express more creative freedom in a way that design never had. With that, she began painting and submitted her artwork to Minted.com; just a few years later, she is now a winner of 62 Minted Design challenges and successfully runs a Minted store selling her prints. A Sorelle artist since 2019, we sat down with Alison to learn more about her process and inspiration, and take a peek inside her Dallas-based studio.
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Our Interview with Alison
Where are you from originally and where are you located now?
I grew up in Wisconsin and Upstate New York, but I now live and work in Dallas, TX.
How would you describe your artwork? What inspires you most?
My work is about capturing moments in time, present and past. Each piece stems from personal experiences. Memories, travel, nature, music, dance, are all integrated into my work. As I paint, things become more intuitive, exploring the movement of brushstrokes and colors to reach the desired outcome. My expression aims to become peaceful and calm for the viewer. I often make a “plan” for the painting, but I always allow for fluidity and mistakes. It is there I create my best work.
How did you get started painting? Has your work changed or evolved over time or remained consistent?
I started out in textiles, then moved onto illustration, and then product design. But all along, I knew I had been looking for something that was less controlled. Then I discovered painting. I finally felt free to express myself and incorporate all that I am. It has become a world of its own, staying the same and evolving at the same time. I continue to discover landscapes, sunsets, sunrises, clouds, waterfalls, rain, and cloudy days. But my work has evolved in the way I use my brushes and other tools. I am a constant explorer in ways to express my energy on canvas. My work is whatever I am in the mood for. Its my happy place.
What is your artistic process? Walk us through how you create a piece from start to finish.
My process depends on my mood each day. I often think of places I have been and how I want to represent that scenery. Do I use just my brushes, or do I add a palette knife into the mix to explore abstract ways to paint what I'm looking to show? It starts first with a brush stroke. Then I choose colors, and another brushstroke. I step back, walk away, come back and possibly change direction. I allow myself the opportunities to explore and view the canvas from different angles. I know I have arrived when I feel complete.
Do you ever face any challenges during your creative process?
Rarely. If I do, I step away and come back to it.
You are also an artist on Minted.com. What has the experience of winning design contests on Minted been like? How has that shaped your work?
Minted is, and has been, a platform for me to express myself. When I win a design challenge, it shows me what people respond to. It encourages me to continue on my path as an artist. Because of Minted, I have five prints with West Elm and have had four pieces with Pottery Barn Kids. Both HGTV and Property Brothers have shown my work, and it's been in CBS's, “The Good Fight”.
Are there any artists who have inspired you or your work?
Rothko & Helen Frankenthaler.
In 5 words or less, what is your goal as an artist?
To live in curiosity and exploration.
What do you do in your free time aside from making art? Does your art influence the rest of your life in any way?
Anything creative. It’s my way of life.
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