21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Allison Cantrell-Free


Allison Cantrell-Free, Rainy Day Break, graphite, 14 x 20.

Allison Cantrell-Free, Rainy Day Break, graphite, 14 x 20.

Art Education: No formal training. However, my mother, who is an artist, has taught me many things throughout the years.

Style: Photorealistic. I have always been drawn to detail, but in each piece I still strive to bring out something that you couldn’t get from a photograph.

Creative Spark: I am inspired by the world around me. I have always been drawn to horses and the cowboy lifestyle due to the romanticized freedom they represent.

Second-Choice Career: Architecture or interior design.

Other Passions: The great outdoors. And any of our friends will tell you that my husband and I are overly passionate about our dogs, which are red heelers. I also am into health and fitness and have become a tea enthusiast.

Biggest Fear: It’s absurd, but I cringe at the thought of sharks and volcanoes despite living in Arkansas, where you will find neither.

Pet Peeve: I hate being in the car with a driver who succumbs to road rage.

Mantra or Motto: Live every day with gratitude and a humble heart.

Favorite Studio Music: The soundtrack from The Last of the Mohicans.

Future Goals: My biggest goal at this time is teaching myself to paint. I love working in graphite and have always hesitated to jump into painting. But this year I have started getting my feet wet.

Price Range: $500 to $5,000.

Representation: Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK.

Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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