Artist Statement

My name is Alycia Shiann. I am a 24 year old Californian artist specializing in acrylic, oil, graphite, and colored pencil artwork. I grew up in the small-ish town of Manteca, California. Throughout school, I was always trying to keep up with my friends by taking multiple science and math classes even though I struggled tremendously in them. I thought that going down a STEM path was the only way to have a successful life. Going in to my junior year of high school, I was placed in an Intro to Art class. Although this class was my 5th choice for an elective and I had no intention of actually trying very hard, this class would ultimately change my life path. As soon as I started working on the first project, I immediately fell in love with drawing. My art class was the only place where I felt comfortable to share my ideas because my mind was constantly racing and unlike math, there is not a single answer for art. I could create anything I wanted. Going in to my senior year, I would constantly carry around my sketchbook and new pieces that I was working on. When my teacher submitted my work for the school district art show, I won second place in all of the school district and it was at that moment that I knew I had to be an artist. 

After I graduated high school, I moved to Fullerton, California to attend California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). I began painting celebrity portraits during the pandemic and although I was making quick money with commissions, I didn't feel fulfilled and felt that the artwork never really represented me. I was no longer creating art for myself and I quickly started to resent my artwork, the one thing that I genuinely loved doing. It wasn't until my last year of school that I realized my own experiences and thoughts were meant to be displayed through my art. Throughout my time at CSUF, I learned who I am as a person and as an artist. I am a recent graduate of CSU Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. I plan to utilize my graphic design knowledge to expand my art career and implement my graphic design skills into my future artwork.

Many people ask me, "Why do you create art?".  Throughout my life, I have always found myself getting anxious or nervous when I had to discuss serious topics. I always avoided harsh conversations for fear of being misunderstood. With painting, I am able to tell my story, my thoughts, my feelings, without having to say a single word. This process not only heals me and allows me to free my mind, but painting also allows me to share my experiences to those who may have been through the same thing. 

Art has truly changed my life for the better. I have been blessed to participate in multiple art exhibitions alongside many amazing artists throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. For my future work, I want to showcase my vulnerability and implement more serious themes into my work while still incorporating my use of surrealism, bright colors, and flora and fauna elements. It is important for us all to realize that we are not perfect and we should fully embrace who we are and love ourselves whole heartedly. Everyone deserves to live a beautiful life and I know that my art will contribute to that. 

There is much more to come.  

Love,

Alycia Shiann