I believe that there are no coincidences in life and that everything happens for a reason. I have always felt that I wanted to make a difference in this world either alone and/or collectively-maybe this is the time. Here are a few words about why I wanted to paint the image.
Throughout most of my life I have felt like a stranger in a strange land because I was never fascinated by things that interested most people that I knew. Traditional school academia and career aspirations were always tedious and dull to me. I found that I could learn what was really important by reading books, walking in nature, being around animals and using my imagination to create the world in which I wanted to live, thrive, though this is not exactly the American way.
Although gregarious and outgoing by nature, there has always been a private part of myself that felt inaccessible to the rest of the world and at many times, I have felt despondent and disconnected to a lot of ideas, concepts, and expectations of those closest to me. Painting, drawing and being around the smell of linseed oil always made me feel grounded , peaceful and at home within my own skin.
I started drawing when I was three years old and have not stopped since that time.
When I met Myrea, it was almost like our souls recognized each other on a cellular level-it was very powerful, as a kindred spirits, a connection of energy.
When I said to Myrea "It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks" I was really talking about the importance of letting spirit speak without being judged, with knowing that to be true to ourselves and to trust our intuition is to learn to really see and believe. Since I believe that we are all protected by guardian angels, I put the being between both of us. To paint the image as I did was my effort to capture an intimate mystical moment in time. I wanted to always remember how I felt that day.
'I reached for the stars and grabbed one!'....Winner of the 2007 ARTV Muse award for Drawing Category Las Vegas October 2007
Alayne Abrahams is inspired by the sculpted faces of the Italian Renaissance artists particularly Botticelli, the mythological romantic imagery of the Pre-Raphaelites. Alayne completed a Certificate of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Md. and a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, a member of the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, her studio is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alayne Abrahams won the coveted 2007 ARTV Muse award at the Las Vegas ceremony in the Drawing Category.