“The Wish”
Oil on Linen
75 x 30 in.

About the artist:
Allison Leigh Smith was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976.  As long as she can remember, her family referred to her as “the artist” and fully expected her to do something with her creative aptitude.  After receiving a generous scholarship, she attended The Columbus Collage of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, known for its reputation of being one of the top schools in the country for illustration and animation.  She soon discovered her slow and exacting style was not suited well for the quick and gestural style needed for animation.

Soon after receiving her BFA she took a job at the Columbus Museum of Art where she learned how to really see paintings and learned to talk about them through her work developing programs for children and adults.  Since that time, Allison has lived in Hawaii, Arizona and Colorado – all along pursuing her career in fine art.  Allison says, “I focus on what I find significant, joyful and beautiful.  I embrace my aptitude for controlled, tight rendering.  The result is a body of work that is a realistic and literal autobiography of my life and aesthetics.  I choose subjects with which I am emotionally connected.  This includes above all:  animals, nature, and the natural stages of wear and renewal, and childhood nostalgia.”

“The Wish” painting was inspired by a vivid childhood memory of Allison’s fourth birthday when she made a wish for 100 white bunnies.  This wish came true recently when Allison arrived to volunteer at Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue and learned that they had exactly 100 rescue bunnies, which resulted in a painting that represents the pursuit of ones dreams and fulfilling wishes! 

Allison’s work can be seen at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale through March 27.  The Celebration of Fine Art is a unique art experience which gives visitors the opportunity to watch 100 artists in their working studios under one roof.  Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.  Visitors will enjoy strolling through the 100 artists’ studios under the 40,000 square foot exhibit tent.  Artists are on-site creating, allowing the visitor to watch them at work, discover what inspires them and the techniques used to create the works of art.  Come to Scottsdale to see more of Allison’s works in person and discover the stories behind each unique work of art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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