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Rising Stars: Meet Allison Kantor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Kantor.

Hi Allison, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
It’s not a brief story, as I am “seasoned”, (some would say, old) I like to describe my work as humanity with a sense of humor… As an RN for 49 years and an artist for longer than that, I have that human experience that seeps into my creative process. FYI I am not great at writing bios but here goes. I have an unusual syndrome that I call “popcorn brain”. not fatal, but life-altering. I am never lost for inspiration, it constantly ideas pops into my head, and if one lingers for a while, it must be created. I am an experimenter with mediums, but find that I get along with oil, and clay the best. For the last 25 years in Prescott, Az I had a studio/gallery there, took an active role as the director of the local ARTwalk, and worked in a coop gallery also.

I often get up in the night and scratch out ideas just to make the concept go to sleep. I copyrighted the Prescott Pothead and then moved to Tempe 2 years ago… now what? I am part of the Mesa Art Center Coop store where I serve as manager, mainly because it’s one of those jobs nobody wants. I am just happy to have found a home for my potheads, plumps, and paintings. I am not moody, do not have purple hair or crazy piercings, and I don’t have a blue “period” or spin yarns about my pathos. I do sport a few tattoos, but that’s art, right? my business name is Random Art because, you guessed it, it’s random is the website.

I firmly believe that art should be insightful, amusing at times, inspiring, and draw a viewer into a good place. I so appreciate the person who takes that part of me to their home. Thank you so much.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
getting it all done is a challenge… not enough time in the day or even the day and the night. Carving out attention and time for raising children was a priority, so I just slept less.

Now, I find myself in the closing chapters of life and feel it even more imperative to keep the brush moving. Still have so many thoughts about what I want to create… that is the struggle I guess. Though it is a struggle I welcome and thrive on it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I refer you back to the initial narrative. I am not the most amazing, proficient, technically great, awe-inspiring artist, but I AM one of the most creative ones you’ll meet. I invented the Prescott Pothead and the Plumps, and my style is my own for sure.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
The people/characters around me.

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