Today we’d like to introduce you to Alison (Pruchansky) Drasner.
Alison, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I come from a long line of artists. My grandfather was an avid oil painter and photographer. My grandmother needlepointed and sewed, and my mother can craft anything. I’ve created art for as long as I can remember. My idea of fun used to be sitting in front of a still life for hours, until I finished the entire piece! In college, I was completely focused on getting into the most amount of painting classes I could manage. There was always something about the way paint moves that mesmerizes me. This still holds true.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Mostly, I paint. I’ll use acrylics, watercolors, markers, puffy paints, glitter, whatever I can get my hands on. I paint mostly botanicals and still lifes. This allows me to experiment with materials but still maintain a recognizable subject matter. I strongly believe that art (my art) should make you happy, both the viewer and creator. My hope is that the shapes, colors and textures I blend together brightens someone’s day. For me, there’s this moment when I’m completely enveloped in creativity and everything else falls away, leaving a sense of true happiness and true self. This is why I paint, for these sometimes brief, and fleeting moments.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
The life of an artist can be a challenge. We’re fortunate to live in a city that encourages and appreciates art and artists. We could always benefit from more arts funding. But, a number of groups, networks and resources are available. Artists need to take advantage of these to keep them going and keep the community alive and thriving.
I love working in a large studio building around other artists. I share my studio with one other artist and it’s incredibly inspiring! My perspective on my work has changed since moving to the studio space. I’m also in the process of starting an artist networking group. I think it’s important for artists to connect and share experiences, networks and resources. It can be a very isolating profession and difficult to sustain if you don’t find these outlets.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I work out of Vernon Street Studios in Somerville, MA. Twice a year we’re open to the public, but I’m happy to welcome visitors, by appointment, anytime. I also have a website, www.ampleartdesign.com where most of my art and design can be viewed. I can also be found on Instagram (ample.art) and Facebook (AMPle art + design). Follow my adventures in art, design and life!
- Address: AMPle art + design
Vernon Street Studios
6 Vernon Street
Somerville, MA 02145
- Website: www.ampleartdesign.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ample.art/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ampleartdesign/
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/alison00/
Alison (Pruchansky) Drasner