We had the good fortune of connecting with Allyson Caire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allyson, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by geology, nature and fashion, and I find nature inspiration in nearly everything I create. Sometimes I can start a painting just thinking about colors and realize when it’s done that it reminds me of something I recently saw – a sunset on Lake Travis, moss hanging from a tree or wildflowers in a field.
Most of my painting series have more specific inspirations. The Jewel Series is inspired by jewels and gemstones, and each painting is inspired by a different gemstone (like turquoise or peridot) and gilded with gold accents like a beautiful piece of jewelry. My grandfather had a collection of gems and gemstones (a lot of geodes and agates), and I’ve been fascinated with them for as long as I can remember. I also enjoy seeing the impressive collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Another favorite is my Color Me Series, which are all rainbow paintings in primary or pastel colors. I wanted to share happiness through color with that series, and I’ve had fun creating all different sizes of rainbow paintings over the years. And who doesn’t love seeing a rainbow?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an abstract artist based in Houston, and I use color and movement to create vibrant mixed media paintings. My preferred materials are acrylic, ink and resin on wood, and I use multiple layers of paint pours and color mixing to create my artwork. In addition to being an abstract painter, I’m a mom of two little ones and a part-time public relations freelancer. I paint and exhibit work in my studio space at Winter Street Studios in Sawyer Yards. I love creating paintings for my studio and even more so creating custom commissions for clients. There’s nothing more special than creating a piece with a client and seeing how happy they are to have a custom piece in their home or office.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned professionally is to continue showing up at my studio every week, even when I don’t want to paint or don’t think I have anything to work on. Plus making sure I share my work regularly at Sawyer Yards open studios and through social media. Otherwise, no one will know what I’ve been creating. Speaking of, you can visit me at my studio by appointment or during Second Saturday open studios every month!
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?
Breakfast at Common Bond Coffee stop at Boomtown
Shopping on 19th Street
Lunch at Local Foods
Brewery visit to Eureka Heights
Dinner at El Tiempo
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely love Julia McLaurin’s work! She is a fellow Houston artist who creates fun surrealism work and pop art sculptures. Check out her work here: https://www.
Water Oak Studio (Jackie Schaefer)