Hi, I’m Ali
I’m a painter of all things but I really enjoy creating natural scenes and capturing the beauty in people. I have had a paintbrush in my hand since I was a toddler.
I know that artists find their creative voice at all different stages in life. For me, I knew from the very beginning that this is what I was created to do.
I received my first commission when I was 11, a portrait for my 6th grade teacher of his daughter and grandchild. He paid me $20 and I was thrilled. I took every art class my high school offered by the end of my second year so they sent me over to the local university. I was the only 16 year old in Art 101. I went on to study fine art in college and at the same time, I founded my mural painting business Positive Space. I’ve painted more walls, ceilings, and floors than I can count over the course of my 18 year career as an artist.
About 7 years ago I dove into teaching.
I was invited to teach at several conventions across the country and as a result, artists started asking to come to my studio to study with me. I now open my doors about 5 times a year to artists from all over to take my 2-3 day Artist Retreats. It was only a matter of time before the demand for online classes would send me down that path. I am thrilled to now be reaching students globally! It’s always fun to actually meet my students in person, but having the chance to connect though our private Facebook group for online students is the next best thing. Nothing gets me more excited than to check in with the group and see my students posting their results from a course. I get so many messages about how these classes have helped them find a new passion or get back to doing something they love. It’s really a gift to be able to have this impact.
I have so many ideas spinning around in my head all the time, things I want to paint, techniques I want to share, and products I want to experiment with. I love that I get to share this with you and hopefully inspire you too!
Big Rusty Blooms
“State of the art instruction. I absolutely loved this course and it was easy to follow and Ali is a fantastic instructor. Can’t wait to take another course! ”
– Janice Eurton
Lively Still Life
“I’ve been drawn to Ali’s color choices and style of painting for some time and this class is a great opportunity to ‘give it a go’ in a manageable way. Doing the small-sized painting allows you to experience the color layering without being overwhelmed. Ali breaks the process down into manageable portions and you can easily stop the video, replay or freeze the frame to see the brushstrokes. I’m looking forward to trying the next Lively Still Life painting then try my own version. ”
– Janice Saunders