“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Picasso
My name is Alyson Plante and I'm an artist and designer from Richmond, Virginia, USA.
I earned my BFA degree in Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and have shown my art regionally in galleries, art centers and public venues. My work has been commissioned for commercial projects and private homes.
What attracts me to painting is that it allows for endless creative possibilities — color, texture, imagery, expression, movement — there is freedom in painting. With my expressive pieces I often work in layers, so erasures and scrapings are a part of my process as the painting progresses in an intuitive manner. My work is not precious, and it certainly isn’t about finding perfection. Instead, I’m most interested in the creative process and artistic expression. I draw inspiration from my daily life, nature, found objects, movies, music, art and literature. Sometimes my work comes from salvaging what remains of a memory or dream, or from capturing fragments of a story, or more often from being quiet and allowing impressions to emerge in the moment.
Painting is an ongoing engagement with images and ideas that are sometimes difficult to fully understand. Being an artist means that I carve out time and energy in order to explore and to create something from the puzzle pieces. Creative expression is a personal process, an inner dialogue — it is about making choices, taking some risk, exploring materials and trusting your hand.