Ally Crilly

Painting is how I can best tell the truth. It is a messy unpredictable process for me.  

When the flow is happening, I know I’m supposed to paint. When it’s not, it’s excruciating. I’m learning to paint regardless and wait for the moments that it makes sense in, and just ride the rest of them out. I’m also learning to do this in my life. Art has to surprise me in some way for it to interest me.

My first paintings were of elephants. I still am inspired by them. They are fascinating. Fierce, beautiful, brave, sorrowful, injured, angry, grounded, wise, complicated, they are a never ending source of inspiration and connection. I feel their pain, you can see it in their eyes along with their wisdom and a sense of the absurd. Ganesha, the Hindu deity inspired my love as well. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha is helpful with transition, boundaries, thresholds and of course much more. He creates the faith to remove all obstacles. He also places the obstacles in your path, as they really are the path.

I study and practice yoga. Painting is a spiritual practice as well. I try to show up with a beginner mind and see what will happen.

I live and work in Ridgway, Colorado. I grew up back East in New York. I love art, mountains, my family, yoga, and figuring out how to be a human being. I work as an artist, yoga teacher, and free-lance graphic designer.

You can see my work at the Patio Party Pop Up this weekend, Telluride Film Festival, at Wagner Custom Skis in Mountain Village, August 31, 1 to 5pm. Also at Tweed Interiors in Telluride.