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

Hi Allison, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My career as an artist is both a choice and a calling. I am an artist no matter what I am doing, where I’m working, or what I have to sacrifice for it. A desire to create has always been an integral part of who I am, making a career in the arts an inevitable step in my journey. Whether you work full-time as an artist or have to create on the side, I think for those who have the desire, there is no choice but to continue on that path. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is a constant and changing narrative that portrays the women inside me through a dream environment. I am interested in feminine beauty that has been distorted by the cinematic and literary dramatization of women. I am currently working on a series entitled: A Painted Film, where each painting is a scene both separate and a part of a never-ending story. I studied art in France where I got my degree, and the challenges were numerous. Learning French was one of the hardest things I have ever done. As a foreign student, I dealt with language and cultural barriers on a daily basis. At first, I went to a preparatory school for university-level arts. The rigorous process consisted of interviews and competitions where I was rejected and even laughed at more times than I can count. I was told my French was too primitive to get into any school and that my work was subpar. Although I did have some professors who had confidence in my potential and their voices moved me forward, I can’t tell you how many times I was humiliated and how many times I cried and didn’t want to get out of bed and go to an interview and speak in a language I had little confidence in. It was intimidating to be surrounded by college-level French students and feel like a child out of place. Yet it was my drive to get into a school that led me down the cobblestone steps of French cities with a giant cardboard box on wheels filled with paintings and drawings that have all been thrown away by now, but it was that passion that finally got me into University in France, and I was proud at my somewhat small achievement. Once accepted, I worked hard to get my degree and graduated with honors and a little more competence in the language. My artistic journey has been a constant challenge but I refuse to give up. I have learned that if you follow what you love, the rest will work its way out. The true artist must live with rejection and learn self-acceptance through the love of creating.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This year I am really trying to support local and small businesses that are what make Phoenix awesome! Close to where I live is Grand Avenue that has lot of small places to eat and shop like Grand Avenue Pizza or Testal Kitchen for some fast, delicious Mexican food, and for dessert try Novel Ice Cream(the Leslie Knope is dope!). Grand Avenue’s Five15 gallery features local artists and group shows every month. If you come to Phoenix you have to check out the Arts District and MOMA along with the smaller local galleries for some hidden gems. {9}The Gallery’s new location at the Lawrence Building downtown is a must-see for art lovers. And If you love vintage check out the shops on 7th Avenue, Retro Ranch in particular!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today without my mother’s support and my grandmother’s artistic instruction. I have many teachers to thank from elementary to college, but I have to thank my husband the most for never giving up on my dream and dreaming with me!

Website: allisonmoyersart.com
Instagram: @thepoetthatpaints
Youtube: Allison Easlon Moyers

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