Aly Elliot’s Portraits of Preserving Moments
Aly is a story teller. She has always been fascinated by the relationships of people and places around her. Aly has spent many years painting and photographing and has found her happy place by combining those loves. Aly in her statement says, “I am a firm believer in having it all.” And her work speaks for it.
In conversation with the artist Aly Elliot, an artist based in Bloomington, Indiana and is a mother of 6 gorgeous kids. Aly shares a story in each of her artwork by combining her two loves- photography and painting.
Read on this interesting interview where Aly shares how she fell in love with photography, she shares her vision for her artwork and her inspiration behind all this work and much more.
1. Aly, tell us about your first introduction to photography. What drew you into this world?
I majored in Fine Arts in college and had considered opening a studio for years. However, when our daughter passed away, I needed something to pour myself into so the time seemed right.
I have always been fascinated by the
relationships of people and places around me. I find myself telling their stories; love, loss, longing.
2. What do you wish to communicate to viewers through your work?
Much of my work is centered around grief and bereavement. I believe storytelling art can speak when words fail us. I want people to feel a hand on their back in dark moments, and join others in elation.
3. What 3 words describe your artistic style?
Soulful, intricate, honest
Every element is a part of the
narrative. Every look offers another layer to the story. All of it urges a connection to the viewer.
4. Who or what have been the most prominent artistic influences of your career?
I have always felt inspired by painters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio. I love the deep tones and use of light. I also love seeing the way my kids see the world through their drawings. On the most simple level, the changing of the sky throughout the day and throughout the country still amazes me.
5. What is the best piece of advice you would give for those starting out?
Nobody will pay you more than you tell them you’re worth.