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Life and Work with Allie Zeyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Zeyer.

Allie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist. When I was a little girl, I remember standing in my nightgown, long past my bedtime, watching my Dad mix blue greys for his painting of the Tetons. I knew in that childhood moment, as my bare feet soaked into the carpet, I wanted to be an artist. From there, squiggle doodles matured to figure drawings, oil painting classes and a BFA.

After graduation, I put art in my back pocket. Working full-time to support my husband while he attended law school and started a family took its rightful place and precedence in life. I remember in those quiet moments when one or all of our children napped, I should go pick up my paintbrush, but instead, I picked up one more piece of laundry to fold. The days were long and tiresome.

Soon we were expecting our third child when things dramatically changed. Our baby was still born at 34 weeks. Through the grief, pain and sorrow, I realized I needed something back in my life that was missing. It was art. Nearly nine years has passed since that experience. Our family has blossomed and so has my art career. I now paint because I find balance in art. There is more laundry to fold than ever, more dishes to clean than ever, and I am painting more than ever. Somehow at the end of the day, it all fits! What started out as a passion has now matured to a profession and career. Art lightens my mind and helps me approach daily life with more joy.

I’m constantly seeking ongoing education. Several years back, I studied under nationally recognized artists Kathryn Stats, G. Russell Case and Jill Carver. Learning from these seasoned artists in a plein air setting was inspiring. My ability to see the outdoors and deconstruct its critical elements to formulate a well-planned painting increased tenfold. Most recently, I’m studying under renowned landscape painter Scott Christensen. I’m seeing the benefit of thinking creatively and allowing time for ideas and themes to develop. I feel my art has infinite potential and look forward to deliberate exploration to foster new ideas.

In addition to ongoing education, I’ve been blessed as an award-winning artist. I received the Impressionist Award of Excellence in 2021 at the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Exhibition. Received awards two consecutive years in a row with the American Impressionist Society’s (AIS) Small Works Showcase. In 2021 I received first place at the Wet Wall Competition in South Carolina, and in 2022 received an Honorable Mention in the Toas, New Mexico. This fall, I’ll have a painting on exhibition for AIS’s 23rd Annual National Exhibition in Boulder, Colorado. I am now a signature member of the AIS -an accomplishment achieved by only 14% of its entire membership.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s never a smooth road balancing the daily demands or raising a family and an art career. More often than not, it feels as if I’m trying to pull a semi-truck through the mud! Coordinating child care, meeting deadlines, and feeling like there just isn’t enough time are a few of the struggles. However, I’ve been blessed with an amazing supportive network of family and friends who help fill the gap! I’ve learned to be present in the studio during studio hours and present with my family during family time. Trying to wear both hats at once leaves me feeling like each aspect of my career and family really never received my best efforts. Time management is key!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As an artist, I’m drawn to light and color, shapes and design. I love the simplicity of the pastoral landscape where the edges of tree lines blur and the pitch of a barn pierces the sky. My work encompasses both tradition and innovation. I’m traditional in my painting approach, yet I aim to bring a perspective of a subject that could easily be overlooked, like the way a cast shadow blankets a roll of hay or how the golden grasses illuminate in the final hours of the setting sun.

I’m most proud of my ability to find beauty in the mundane and I’m most known for capturing weathered structures and barns of the west.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
The integrity of my work is most important to me for my success. I want my own voice recognized in my work. I find when I am out in the field painting on location, en plein air (a french term meaning out in the open air), my emotional, physical, and intellectual response are captured. This resonates back in the studio and helps drive the studies into larger studio pieces capturing a mood, lighting scenario, or shapes and textures that ignited a spark while painting outdoors.

Pricing:

  • Original 8×10 Oil Painting, Framed $900
  • Original 12×12 Oil Painting, Framed $1,500
  • Original 20×20 Oil Painting, Framed $$3,200
  • Original 6×8 Gouache painting, Framed $700

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Jason Murphy

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