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Art & Life with Alia Eriksen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alia Eriksen.

Alia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always been a crafty/Artsy person. I love teaching myself new skills and trying new things. I started with watercolors more recently, when I was in the process of decorating my new home. Since I’m an avid DIY’er, I was looking for ways to add personal touches to my home, but wasn’t excited about the offerings in the home decor stores. So I decided to paint some things for myself. After a few weeks of studying and researching watercolor I was hooked! I was painting every day and getting better and better, little by little. I started making things for friends and family, and was encouraged to start an Instagram account documenting my progress. It’s been about a year since I started water coloring, and I haven’t looked back! I try to paint something every day, and love having a creative outlet that helps me relax and unwind. But most of all, I love creating things that make people smile.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I love painting with vibrant, happy colors. My work isn’t overly complicated or detailed. I just paint the things that I want to see. I’m inspired by the abundant colors and textures seen in and around the Southern California Coast. I especially love painting cacti, succulents, houseplants, and florals. I also particularly enjoy painting fun animals with lots or color and character. I want to evoke feelings of lightness, joy, and calm, in an otherwise hectic and overcomplicated world. More than anything, seeing people smile when they look at one of my paintings, brings me the most satisfaction and happiness.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think art has gotten so much more attainable in recent years for people who otherwise wouldn’t think to pick up a brush. Myself included! There are unlimited resources for learning, thanks to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc. I always say “you can teach yourself anything on YouTube!” The best part is, most of these resources and tutorials are free! Same goes for artists who are trying to get their art seen. Instagram alone has allowed me numerous opportunities to reach people where I would otherwise never get the chance. Artists can now create platforms for themselves where they can be as successful as they want to be, if they are willing to put in the time and effort. It’s like having a free, unlimited art gallery where you can share as much or little as you want!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My Instagram is where I feature everything that I create on a daily basis.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @pricklypearpaints

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  1. Caitlin

    April 23, 2018 at 17:50

    Omg I love this girl! I’ve followed her on Instagram and love seeing her cheerful art every morning! I’m lucky enough to have several of her pieces. I’m going to hang on to them because I know they’re going to be worth a lot more!

    • Alia

      April 25, 2018 at 00:47

      Wow Caitlin thank you so much for your support! I’m so happy I could add some of my pieces to your home. It’s truly an honor!
      Alia Eriksen

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