Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Merriweather
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always thought of myself as an artist. I drew, and later painted, little worlds filled with unique characters, fantastic creatures, and animals from a young age. I grew up around the usual cats, dogs, and horses, as well as injured or orphaned animals my mother would take in. At one point we had a pair of raccoons named Teddy and Bandit, as well an owl with a broken wing who lived in our living room closet while he convalesced.
I was an outsider at school due to dyslexia and dyscalculia. I felt left behind and frustrated at my inability to express myself in the way my teachers wanted. Art was my sanctuary. At home, I was allowed to spend hours drawing, painting, and telling stories to myself. Art became a way to marry the vividness of my internal world to the external where I had trouble expressing myself. I began telling stories and showing the people around me what the world looked like through my eyes in ways I could never do through writing or speech.
My influences have remained much the same through the years. Interesting people I meet make their way into my work, but animals remain my biggest inspiration. Lately, elephants have been wandering onto my canvasses after a recent exploration of Nepal.
Please tell us about your art.
I paint on wood and canvas. I never sketch or plan a piece beforehand. I sit down in front of the blank material and simply allow the images to flow and morph until I see what I know is the finished image. I use many personal symbols throughout my work. Lions represent strength and wisdom, birds are messengers, and unopened letters floating in the water are the things we leave unsaid. I create personal spaces that I hope resonate with exactly the right person for the piece. Some are soothing, some are dynamic, and many are humorous. Each piece is meant to be a personal sanctuary and story for the person looking at it.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I am somewhat of a reclusive loner and enjoy my time alone with a canvas. I would say maybe get a dog. Or an Owl.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The most direct way to contact me or to see my latest work is my website: allisonmerriweather.com.
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Allison Merriweather artist