We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking used to never be part of my formula. I liked to play it safe and kind of make what I thought other people would like, but I was feeling burnt out and unfulfilled. So, I then began taking risks. I stepped away from more realistic art. I began using more bold outlines and I also forced myself to limit my color palette to a few select colors! From there, I felt challenged and pushed and started producing better work, so I think risk taking and understanding failure as an opportunity to start again with a new perspective is super important as an artist!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a digital artist, I am self taught and have only been drawing digitally for just over a year! My art is earthy, feminist, inclusive, body positive art that shines light on the beauty of our differences with aesthetics inspired by astrology, tarot, and traditional tattoo art! Many find my work deeply spiritual and emotional, and I love hearing the meaning others find within the pieces I make! I feel like I was able to grow my digital art due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Beginning a new medium was in no way easy and I definitely struggle with burnout and dissatisfaction for my art from time to time since I can produce so much work in a short period of time. I feel that as an artist- limitations have led to my inspirations. Limiting my color palette, limiting the brushes and textures I use really pushes me to make new art. I like to say- you have to think inside the box before you can think outside of the box. Use what little you have in your box to inspire your escape!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I currently live in Broomfield, CO (just outside of Boulder and Denver Colorado) so if my friend were out for a visit I would do a few things!
First- wake up and head to my (new) favorite coffee shop- Corvus Coffee and grab a Piña Colada Cold Brew and a bite to eat,
Then I would love to wander around a few plant shops in the area. Look around at all of the fun foliage and maybe buy something new for my apartment! (Maybe ReRoot on 34th street in Denver)!
Later, grab lunch at my favorite burger joint in Denver Park Burger! (Yum) and after hit up sweet cow for dessert (can you tell I love food yet?)
And after I would love to either hike in Boulder or just have some down time drawing outside or in another coffee shop! (Who is gonna join me?)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out Jessica Vosseteig my best friend and illustration inspiration! (@jessvoss_art on Instagram) she has pushed my to make my art more meaningful! As well and everyone in my feminist community on Instagram! I wouldn’t be the artist I am today with out the support I have received!
My headshot is take by Dakota Pendleton (@color breeze on Instagram)