We had the good fortune of connecting with Allie Giambalvo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Allie, what’s your definition for success?
Success is defined differently by each individual. To me, success is manifesting a thought or an idea into a finished product created layer by layer. It is having an idea of what I want to put onto a canvas and not getting discouraged if it isn’t how I’ve imagined it in my mind. Success is not giving up when things get difficult, and painting through the awkward stages. It’s in learning to appreciate each part of the process equally, from selecting new supplies to cleaning my pallet and brushes. Each day I devote time to a piece I am working on and watch the colors evolve into something different. I find beauty and wonder in the process. One of the keys to personal artistic success is to find subjects for your art that come from what makes you happy and what is important in your life. For me, these subjects range from botany and nature to friends, music, and memories. These moments build a bond between you and your art. Try not to compare yourself to other artists or wonder why you’re not like everyone else. Everyone creates in their own style and works at their own pace. Be inspired by, but don’t imitate, what other artists are doing as this can set you up for disappointment. Pave your own path and don’t give up. It can get frustrating, but going through all of the frustration stimulates your growth as an artist. Remember it is important to practice art-making weekly, and to be mindful and consistent in the time you spend creatively. Take breaks and ask for feedback on your works in progress; it’s okay to step away or make a change. Above all, be patient and forgiving to yourself and your artwork. Learn to accept mistakes and adapt to making changes to create your unique work of art. It’s what you do with your canvas that matters in the end.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork is dynamic and ever-changing. I’m inspired by day-to-day things like music, the shape of a cut of wood, or plants I saw whilst on a hike. Right now I feel like I’m in a learning/growing phase. I’ve been trying new techniques, colors, and mediums and having a lot of fun creatively. Currently I’m most excited about successfully starting a small business with my best friend! Established December 2020, Dye For It Goods is a Phoenix local female-owned business specializing in up-cycled tie-dye, acid wash, and custom shirts, plus other miscellaneous art products including oil paintings, jewelry, fine art prints, masks, and hand-mades.

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?
For a week long trip with my best friend, we’d start in Tucson and work our way north. We’d visit Organ Pipe National Monument, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art. While exploring the city, we’d for sure eat at Brushfire BBQ because it is the absolute best BBQ in Arizona. East of Phoenix: I’d strongly recommend visiting the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and hiking the Superstitions. The smell of creosote after a spring rain is refreshing and a memorable characteristic of the Sonoran desert. Relax after your hike at Four Peaks Brewery with a flight and an order of the AZ chicken rolls. I’d also suggest visiting the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Central Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, Roosevelt Row (for murals, pop-up shops, and galleries featuring up-and-coming artists), the Heard Museum (to learn about Native American history and culture), Grand Avenue Arts District (galleries, antique/vintage shops, murals galore). Good eats in Central Phoenix: Novel Ice Cream (donut melt with AZ honey lavender vanilla ice cream rolled in fruity pebbles), Taco Boys for a delicious lunch (carne all day add fajitas, but recently I tried pollo so now I get two burritos), Dark Hall Coffee (delicious vegan pastries). For an intricate and personal dining experience, visit Tratto off Van Buren (and make sure you order the chiffon cake). Heading north, we’d drive the 89A through Sedona and head to Flagstaff. Downtown Sedona and downtown Flagstaff are both very unique, each with their own aesthetic, geology, and history. It’s worth it to spend time in each city. From there, we’d head to the Grand Canyon and camp in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank my mom, plus all my family and friends who continue to show up and support me, my artwork, and all my creative endeavors. Whether it’s online or in person, thank you so much for taking the time to look at the work I’m putting into the world.

Website: www.alliegiambalvo.com

Instagram: @itsalliegee / @dyeforitgoods

Other: Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DyeForItGoods

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