Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Geckeler.
Allison, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have been actively pursuing art since high school. After participating in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program one summer, I knew that a Fine Arts degree was in my future. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Fine Art Photography. After trying out the professional photography route, I knew that I needed to be in a craft that was more hands-on and less technical. Painting has been the perfect outlet for me. It has been a way for me to discover my perspective on beauty, to define and explore my faith and to connect with other artists. I love the conversations that art begins!
I am currently working towards a Masters of Divinity degree through Fuller Seminary. My belief in God is the core of my creative process. I hope that this academic pursuit will lead me to art that is able to comment on culture, modern faith and further understand the link between a Creator and being a Creative.
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?
When I was studying photography, my goal was to find a way to combine photographic images with a painterly technique. This led me to create many surrealistic landscape images. After college, my desire to paint was still there, so I returned to this medium to find my painting style and voice. I am currently working on a 100-day project where every day for 100 days I create an 8×10 painting sketch. This is allowing me to explore abstracts, landscapes, and portraits and to find which subject and style speaks to who I am. Currently, I am finding that acrylic with graphite is my favorite medium while abstract and portraits are my preferred subjects.
Abstracts have been incredibly freeing and empowering. There is nothing like painting exactly what is in your mind and seeing it come to life. Portraits have been exciting because they are so challenging. I love the battle to capture what is happening in the photo and bringing that energy out through painting and mark making.
I want this 100-day challenge to lead me back to a creative process that begins with photography. I want to take the portrait, edit the image and then paint from there. This way I can have full creative control, and the work will be my words from the beginning instead of a comment on another person’s creative narrative.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think that being an artist is never easy–no matter what the medium! You’re pouring your heart out and allowing people to respond in whatever way they want, and you never know what people are going to say. I do believe that it has become much easier to share your work and that there is a demand for art in people’s homes and throughout the city.
A simple way to encourage art and artists to grow is to stop buying generic art at Target! Find a local artist that inspires you and purchase one of their pieces. You’ll be supporting the artist, and you will have a conversation piece in your home. There is art for every budget. Start by going to festival or craft show or just by searching Instagram.
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?
You can follow along with my 100-day project on Instagram @madebyallison. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning a piece of work, just visit my website! www.allisongeckeler.com
- Website: www.allisongeckeler.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @madebyallison
Painting shot (outside) is by Emily Armistead. All other shots by Allison Geckeler.