Welcome to Alisa Nelson Studio!
Wife to Andy, Mom of three, artist, art teacher and business owner are just a few of the hats I wear. If I’m not with my family, teaching an art class or holding a paint brush, I may be doing one of a million "mom jobs," lacing up my shoes to go for a run, or drinking coffee on our patio.
My love of art has always been. From childhood forward I regularly had a marker or paintbrush in my hand, drawing, painting and creating. My parents’ encouragement led me from museum preschool art classes (my mom's kitchen still has my clay pig cookie jar made at age five) to Mrs. Lipscomb’s elementary school art lessons (I still have her watercolor set that she gifted me), to high school and college art opportunities. Abilene Christian University graduation in 2001 led to certification in elementary school teaching and a specialization in art. I have taught art in a variety of capacities including public school, private school, private lessons, and at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.
In January 2013 I began teaching elementary after school art classes, and it has grown into Alisa Nelson Studio, LLC, offering art classes, camps and parties to our community. I always remind my students that “everyone is an artist!” and it brings me joy to see their faces light up when I say this. It is amazing to share art with children, watch them create without inhibition, fear or conflict and to see growth and development of their skills. Art is the universal language that everyone can speak - it brings people together, allows communication barriers to be broken and is a voice for joy, positivity and inspiration. Every year of sharing creativity with others and watching young artists bloom reconfirms, "I love what I do!"
As an artist, my personal style is growing and changing daily. I enjoy combining abstract and realistic elements in mixed media, acrylics, watercolors and lettering. I am inspired by endless masters, including Matisse, Van Gogh and O'Keefe. "Making Art a Practice" by Cat Bennett is a favorite book of mine. She says, "Who knows what will happen or what we inspire with our art? We do not get to see the whole story, ever. We simply offer our art and ourselves...We have something of value to offer, and the world needs it.” I believe this quote speaks for my work in the art classroom and in my personal studio work as an artist.
Affiliations and Awards:
*2018 - Finalist, Metro Family, Family Favorites
*2017 - Finalist, Metro Family, Family Favorites
*Edmond Art Association
*Co-Director of Meet the Masters elementary art program at my children’s school
Currently my paintings can be seen:
*The Patriarch, downtown Edmond
*Saints Midtown Pediatrics