Meet Stephanie Allison.
As a student, she was hooked by the magic of an art medium that created an improbable image from individual dots of color. Stephanie works in pen, pencil, colored pencil, gouache, pastel and watercolors, but her special love is stippling and pointillism. From a distance, the work appears to have solid areas and light and dark elements, but up close the work is composed of carefully place dots of pigment. She explains: “It is a very detailed and patient technique. I first learned this style from my high school teacher. Once I was taught I was hooked. To have a mass of shades of dots to create a picture is my definition of art. To look at an art piece in this medium is beautiful but to really appreciate it you have to take a closer look at the work. You really get a sense of what the artist was trying to emphasize and the time it takes to create a masterpiece”.
Stephanie started with art when she was very young, and it was an important constant in her life when her family moved over twenty times before she entered high school. “Coming from a very large Mexican family I had a lot of great teachers to guide me in the right direction. With plenty of hard work as a young girl working with my family in the fields during harvest, we were taught structure and to be proud of who you are and where you came from. I began as a child trying to learn every medium and master it in my own detailed way”. She delights in talking with people about the many techniques she uses and how they result in different outcomes.
She will be showcasing a variety of works at the upcoming Sammamish Arts Fair on October 13th and 14th, and you may have had a chance to see her work at Sammamish Nights in August. Or you may have seen her at the Sammamish Farmers Market where she organized some of our Fair artists to preview their work in recent weeks. “I thank my family for their support; I am here today with the teaching of art techniques from them”, Stephanie shares. “My creativity and artistic abilities are a gift that I want to share with the world”. See her at the Arts
Fair, with details and a preview of her work on the Fair website at http://sammamishartsfair.wordpress.com/