Today we’d like to introduce you to Alisha Marie Anglin.
Alisha Marie, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Originally from Long Island NY, I started painting and drawing at a very young age. While spending most weekends at my grandparent’s home, I would sit with my grandfather Jim and color at their dining room table. I was very meticulous while making sure every color I applied, was within the lines. My grandfather would jokingly draw out of the lines knowing how bothered I would be, and I would then teach and correct him. These memories and love for art is what brought me to where I am today. I was in advanced art classes throughout high school. Fun fact… I was a ballet, tap, and jazz dancer since the young age of three, and was a dancing Dalmatian for the 101 Dalmatians release, in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1997.
In 2004, I moved with my boyfriend Ray (now husband for nine years) to start a life in Phoenix, AZ. I attended college full time in the first two years of residing in Phoenix. I remained unemployed to focus on my college degree, while Ray worked full-time/overtime to support us. For 12 years I remained in the medical field. During those years of long hours and dedication, I still made time to paint. People began to see my work, and kept saying “You should start selling your Art!” I never wanted to believe how many people actually enjoyed my work, as I only did so as a hobby.
My husband started his own business in 2010, and in 2017, I took a leap of faith, quit my day job and started really focusing on what I love. Art. Soon after, I designed my website MotleyEye.com to show my original works of art. Since then, I have been in various shows across Phoenix and Scottsdale, sold original paintings, been featured on BeverlyHillsArt.com and I am now represented by Saatchi Art and Fine Art America. I also have some pending great news to come in the near future.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There has definitely been a few obstacles. Being unemployed while my husband ran his business, did put a lot of pressure on finances at the time. It was a short period but still was a challenge.
Also, My health and infertility issues have also been a challenge. This has made me a much stronger person, and painting is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. I do use my emotions and state of mind to paint a lot of the time.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
My website www.MotleyEye.com was created after I painted my first Canvas named Motley Eye. This was the first painting I listed for sale so the website name fit perfectly for me. The word motley actually means different colors combined, and colorful. All of my current Abstract Art is for sale on my website.
I paint spontaneously what I am feeling using color, bold strokes and emotion. My inspiration comes from life experiences, travel and nature. Art has been part of my vocabulary from an early age. I don’t remember when I didn’t paint or draw. My paintings are not representational allowing the viewer to use their imagination to tell their own story. My paintings reflect what I feel in my heart and imagination, not what I see in front of me, which translates not to a representation of something tangible, but to a painting full of emotion and thought.
My most proud moments are the feedback, comments, likes, and purchases of my original work. I’ve sold prints and originals worldwide including Seoul South Korea, Spain, Paris, and Bulgaria. I’ve also sold original paintings at my shows here in Phoenix. It truly fills my heart when someone appreciates my work that much and to know it’s hanging on a wall in someone’s home or office around the world is unbelievable to me.
I believe my work is what sets me apart from others. I don’t buy advertising packages, I don’t send thousands or emails, or buy likes and followers on social media. My Artwork is funky, abstract, colorful, and very different. I believe each artist has their own gift of painting or drawing and I love to support other local artists as well.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career is the freedom to be my own boss and successful Entrepreneur. When I sold two of my favorite paintings at my last show, I saw the genuine smile on their faces holding it to take a picture with me. I felt so proud and honored.
- Website: www.MotleyEye.com
- Phone: (602) 403-0022
- Email: AlishaMarieAnglin@gmail.com
- Instagram: @AlishaAnglinArt
- Facebook: @AlishaAnglinPaintings
- Twitter: @AlishaAnglinPhx
- Other: https://www.saatchiart.com/alishamarieanglin
Alisha Marie Anglin