We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Hale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always been intimidated with taking risks, even though they have been the one consistent element that has helped me reach my goals. Recently, I have learned that if it scares you, it’s probably worth doing. Most of the time a risk seems like a huge step that’s almost impossible, but in reality, it takes many little steps to get there. So I focus on those little steps and before I know it, I look back at my trail and see how far I have gone. I believe there is much power in writing down goals. I realized that I had been writing down the same goal in a notebook year after year. To have a successful art business, which seemed scary and unknown. Once I learned to break it down, I took one small step, to paint something every day for 30 days, or start a secret instagram account just for my art that I wouldn’t show anyone. There doesn’t have to be a perfect plan and there is no right order. It is about taking those small steps which are risks without even realizing it, until they add up and become something bigger than you thought you could do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Live Wedding & Event Painter with a vibrant and whimsical style. I paint a moment at weddings as it happens in front of guests during the entire event. I exaggerate color and energy with brush strokes in an impressionist style, to capture the feeling of the day with focus on the couple and emphasis on the landscape or venue. I often combine different elements of the day to create a unique lasting memento for the couple to keep forever.
I am most proud of getting out of my comfort zone to start painting in front of people at public places and events. After painting alone for so long, this was definitely a challenge, and helped me build confidence to share the painting process with others and add joy to their lives through witnessing art unfold in front of their eyes. Guests love watching the painting come to life throughout the night as a unique form of entertainment.
I have been painting as a hobby since childhood with the guidance of my artistic grandmother Marji who taught and exposed me to all kinds of art. I always knew I would end up in a creative field and went to school for film production. I communicate best through visuals and that naturally lead me to come back to painting and take it seriously during the start of the pandemic. I’ve been able to combine storytelling and painting to create a unique performance experience for people through live painting.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend to places in the city that offer exposure to art and other creatives. There are amazing museums in this city such as The Getty and LACMA. I would also take them to any pop up exhibits such as Immersive Van Gogh. Lastly we would explore the Arts District in downtown LA and Venice where we could walk around Abbot Kinney and Venice Boardwalk viewing stunning murals, local art, shops and unique food spots. I love nothing more than walking around a creative outdoor environment with no set plan and checking out places that speak to us in the moment as we enjoy good conversation and sights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Jason. He has always made taking risks and going after difficult goals seem effortless, and he has encouraged and supported me to do the same. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.
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