Local artist, Allison Wickey, has lived and painted on 30A in the Blue Mountain Beach area since 2007. Allison grew up in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Always on the creative side she didn’t fully embrace her talent until in college and skipped around to a few different schools before finally graduating from Columbia College in Chicago in 1997.
In 2000 she left Chicago, moved back to Belleville and started a business specializing in faux finish and mural painting. After 7 years of painting for people in their homes, getting married and having two kids she relocated with her family to 30A.
They came for the beauty of the beach but stay for the soul of this unbelievable, haunting , hidden slice of heaven we now call home.
Once settled on 30A she was ready to create again but this time wanted to paint for ‘herself’ and gathered her favorite media from the faux finish days, venetian plaster and glazes and began to experiment on wooden ‘frames’.
I SET OUT TO CREATE ANTIQUED VERSIONS OF OUR VIBRANT LANDSCAPES, ANIMALS AND SEA LIFE.
After about 10 trial paintings she arrived at the technique still in use today, a roughly 13 step, 4 day process involving venetian plaster, acrylic paint and glazes applied to a handmade wooden canvas. Her work began to sell well at a few local shops, she became popular with designers and eventually opened her own gallery. In 2011 she won SOUTH WALTON ARTIST OF THE YEAR and in 2012 won BEST GALLERY ON THE EMERALD COAST. After 10 years of the gallery life she passed on her space to another artist and longed for the days of carefree painting, where it all started.
Now Allison works out of a 1500 sq ft shared creative space on South 393 in Santa Rosa Beach and she happily takes browsers, just text if you would like to visit! 850-420-8419
In 2014 Allison became a board member of The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County for 6 years and went on to eagerly serve as Board President. During this time she also became a co-founder of the UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART, the underwater sculpture park enjoyed by SCUBA divers located .75 miles off Grayton Beach State Park. She also has a sculpture in the museum, the Anamorphous Octopus.
A note from Allison:
Finding my stride as an artist has been a long road and the journey has really just begun! I have never been good at expressing my emotions, I guess I never knew how, and I find it so amazing how my emotions have found a healthy stream out of my subconscious in color and shape. I wish everyone could find an occupation that allows them to grow and learn and find purpose in every movement. It is really important to me to talk to the people I come in contact with through my work and let them understand that this isn’t just a job, it is a lifestyle.
I am promoting a way of life that is most natural to humans, involving using your mind and body, tapping into your intuition and untapping outer chatter while exploring your primal instincts and naturally stretching oneself to be the best you can be in every aspect your life. - Thank you for visiting my site, Allison Wickey