Allison LaRussa is one of our favorite artists in the area and clearly many others agree! She was hailed Best Visual Artist in 2016 in the Electric City! We’ve been following Allison’s work since she was fresh out of school and love seeing the incredible artist & woman she’s become! We’re very excited to have her at Arts on the Square!
Tell us little about yourself as an artist and your artistic background.
From as far back as I can remember I was always drawing and creating. Towards my teenage years, I realized how powerful and beneficial art could be through difficult times. For me, art has always been about feeling and expressing myself-to have an outlet and a safe place I could confide in.
What mediums do you work in?
I use oil with many layers to create heavy texture. I paint on various found objects-some including old doors and wood slabs from cabinets-a little piece of someone’s history. To take something that no longer has a purpose and give it life is pretty special and meaningful to me and adds a bit of character to the art.
What are your favorite subjects? What inspires you?
Anything raw and real. I love the female body and nature, and combining the two. Being in the wilderness is transcendental for me. It is a connection within my heart. It centers me. My fingertips immediately want to transfer what I’m seeing and feeling onto a canvas. My soul pours out.
Nature is a heavy inspiration, as well as my dreams. I like creating spaces where someone can leave their body for a moment, where they can close their eyes and go far away to a place in their imagination. My struggles also inspire me. Art is my release and my guide- it comforts and soothes me. It allows me to convey positive energy from the negative.
Do you take commissions? If so, do you have a favorite?
I do take commissions. I’ve painted cats, dogs, landscapes and homes. My favorite was one of the mountains I painted. When someone trusts your vision and allows you to produce something personal and intimate to them within your style, it is pretty touching and grounding.
What do you love most about Scranton and and being a part of the arts community?
Scranton is home. Year after year I continue to see the arts grow and flourish. I am deeply grateful for the continuous support and warm embrace from our community. I’ve felt so much more comfortable within myself and who I am because of it. Arts on the square, as well as many other local events, keeps Scranton alive, and has connected me to so many great people and new opportunities. It gives me immense hope and empowerment for the future. The passion and dedication I see daily is infinite, and is so valuable for the growth and evolution of our arts community.
What types of work will you be featuring at AOTS?
I will be displaying some oil paintings as well as some jewelry and recycled brooches.
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