We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Fox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art has been a passion of mine since I was a child. During college, I double majored in art and accounting which provided me the opportunity to pursue a career in international tax using my accounting degree. While focusing on building my tax career and starting our family, art was something I did when I could make a bit of time here and there. There wasn’t much time available, but I was able to participate in an annual show so I knew I’d complete at least one painting each year. Now that my kids are older and my husband is a stay-at-home dad, I have more free time that I can devote to art. Art is healing for me, and I see it as a form of therapy to step back and relax from the demands of my tax career. I’ve focused on building my art business in recent years, so I guess you could say I’m a dual-career woman now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art currently focuses on landscapes infused with light and vivid colors. My focus in this area has actually been a blessing during this time of quarantines and social distancing. Since I draw so much inspiration from travelling, a lot of my work feels like a virtual vacation to beautiful places. I dabble with abstracts as well, but the uniting theme amongst all of my work is vibrant color and light. I work mainly in acrylic on canvas, with some works on board or paper. A common response from people when they see my paintings from a distance is that the light draws them in to get a closer look. I’d still consider myself an emerging artist in the Houston art scene. I’ve been working steadily towards exhibiting at more art markets and shows until COVID turned the world upside down. I just had my one year anniversary in October with First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. Despite COVID, I had a recent 3 month show up at Vino & Vinyl in Sugarland over the summer, and I am exploring additional opportunities to share my art with the Houston area. I think one of the biggest challenges to getting my name and art out into the art scene is that I’m an artist that works out of my home rather than with dedicated studio space so I have to make extra effort to market my work and make connections in the art world.
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?
We’d definitely need to head out to Galveston to take a fishing and kayaking trip. We’d also probably go over to Hermann Park at some point to catch a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre (especially if it was a musical!). We’d schedule some days to check out all the great fine art in town from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, to the Menil, to the Rothko Chapel, plus all the wonderful galleries there are to peruse. For dinner we could head to Lupe Tortilla for amazing beef fajitas and margaritas or if we were feeling fancy we could go to Taste of Texas for the best steak ever.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, Andy, and my mother Denice are both encouragers who I have to credit with helping me pursue this dream. My mom supported me as a kid with enrollment in art courses and buying art supplies and general encouragement in my pursuit of art. Andy encourages me by supporting my need for time to create. He manages so much of the parenting and household needs which frees up my time on evenings and weekends so I can spend that time creating. I’d also like to give a shoutout to my fellow artists that were part of Imago Houston years back. Engaging on a regular basis with a group of creatives with a common interest in art and God was fulfilling and inspiring. (Plus that annual show kept me painting at least once a year!)