Alyssa Dawn Deabenderfer
Uh-lis-uh Dahn Dee-bin-dur-fur
Can You Tell Us A Little About Yourself
Came from a rural area of Pennsylvania about 60 miles north-east of Pittsburgh, PA. In the country side of Pennsylvania, cornfields and agricultural surroundings are a common place. As a child finding myself outdoors creating art with a clipboard, and stack of paper. Spent outdoors even in the winter time and summer time, with paper and pencil scribbling down ideas and creating art with my childhood friends. Also would spend hundreds of hours playing on Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo, and customizing color settings on video games -mostly RPG’s-. Yes! This annoyed my older brother greatly while he video games! >:)
Parents: My mother recollects me having a great interest in art as young as two years of age. My mother making sure I had enough paper supplies to keep my mind busy. My father was a professional industrial painter, and helped criticize my work as I got older. Still to this day, has been a major influence in my development of art.
Education & Experience
At age fifteen began taking classes at ICTC (Indiana County Technology Center) in graphic design. Learning about color theory, logo design, typography, file preparation. The feeling of being able to create art through computers was an awe inspiring experience. Creating art through fonts, symbols, and imagery became an obsession. There is always a desire to create whether it is through a computer, paper, or paint. Graduated at age 18 from ICTC with high achievements in Graphic Design and File Preparation.
My experience of boosting knowledge in the graphic design field in a small business, La Porte Tool Box. Helped assist and communicate with team members of the etiquette and fundamentals of graphic design to help boost advertisements on paper and social media platforms.
Open source learning has been pushing force in my knowledge of art such as Khan Academy involving ARCHES (At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series) In 2021, Carnegie Mellon University, Open Learning Initiative, Visual Design
Coordinated together with community artists. Collaborated and helped expand the art walk on Main in La Porte ,TX. Involving live art performances, selling art, and socializing with the art community in The Greater Houston Area.
What Artists Inspire You?
There is an extensive list of artists that inspire my art. There are numerous people that are well known, and also unknown. The unknown has inspired me the most through the journey in life. The known artists have given perspective of popularity and wealth. My mentors that never gave up on my desire to dream, even when it felt impossible. They are my true inspiration to keep going.
My partner of 13 years, K
Mom & dad, step parents; Kath & Bruce, brother & sisters; Michael, Hanna, Carrie and Tristan, cousins(too many to name) aunts, and uncles; Kathy, Terry, Betsy
My friends and mentors: Trinity, Robyn, Tim, Amanda, Sara, Hilary
Visual Artists: Gin Lizzy, Andy Warhol, Klimt, Schiele, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali
Musicians: Tori Amos, Tool, Bishop Briggs, K.Flay, Grandson, FKA Twigs, Stromae, Eminem