✨Artist Spotlight ✨ Allyson Alexander LeMay
Growing up with a mother who was an accomplished artist in Nashville, Allyson Alexander LeMay learned to cultivate and develop her own style organically from surrounding art influences. Whether working on a still life or an abstract piece, she finds new ways of expression through different methods and mediums, cultivating new techniques along the way. Her love of color is evident in much of her artwork; paintings encompassing bold colorful patterns and intricate imagery.
Allyson Alexander LeMay
“As long as I can remember, art has always been a part of my life. Growing up with a mother who was an accomplished artist in Nashville, I learned to cultivate and develop my own style organically from surrounding art influences. I was lucky enough to be submerged in the arts from a very early age and I continue to draw on all I learned over the years when creating my own pieces. After painting for many years, I took a decade off to raise my three children Olivia, Ally and Rob. Now residing in Richmond for almost eleven years, I have loved finding my way back into the art world and continue to learn and grow as an artist.”
“After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, I worked in advertising for five years before leaving the corporate workforce to become an independent artist. Whether I am working on a still life or an abstract piece, I love finding new ways to express myself through different methods and cultivating new techniques along the way. My perspective and approach to how I create has developed over many years and only continues to broaden as I experience so many new ways to approach the creative process. My love of color is evident in much of my artwork. Many of my paintings encompass bold colorful patterns as well as intricate imagery. I love exploring different ways to translate my art. My collage works are a good example of how I have taken shelved or discarded works and recycled them in to completely new unique pieces of art.”
1. Favorite Place To Travel
This is a hard one because there are so many great places I love to go. However, if I had to choose I think the Greek Isles would be at the top of my list. I fell in love with everything I experienced on our trips to Santorini and Mykonos and look forward to going back to travel to more of the other Islands in the future. The Greek people are so lovely and inviting and the slow paced lifestyle that they embrace just makes you relax and enjoy life.
2. What would you like to achieve in 2019?
I think as I have gotten older achieving less tangible things is much more important to me than it was in my younger years. Continued contentment and gratitude for all I have in my life is what I strive for as well as living healthy and fit. These are all goals I have set for myself for this year and beyond.
3. What is your design style?
It is hard to pinpoint my particular style. While I tend to be more traditional in how I dress and decorate, I also love the unexpected. In my artwork, I am a little more progressive and abstract rather than traditional. Many of my paintings encompass bold colorful patterns that embrace an eclectic look.
4. What artists do you look up too?
My mother has always been the artist I admire most and aspire to be like. She taught me so much about art and I draw from all I learned from her every time I am at work creating. I also have great admiration for so many artists both locally and around the world that it would be hard for me to list them all. Social media sites such as Instagram have really offered us all a better way to access and discover so many talented artists throughout world.
5. Drink of choice
I have an affinity for a good pinot grigio or savignon blanc... especially at the end of a long day!
6. What is your biggest inspiration?
I would say the beauty of nature is my biggest inspiration. I enjoy incorporating floral aspects or for example mimicking the various blues of the ocean into an abstract painting. I am also creatively inspired by other artists. I love being introduced to alternative techniques and methods used by artists that often will present me with a new way to approach my own artwork.
7. Favorite art project to date
I have to say I have had so much fun creating my “Revival” collages. Not only are they fun to make, they also are a great way to recycle elements of past artworks that may have been discarded or not used. Each collage translates those past pieces in to a uniquely new piece of art and I love that!