Read our fun interview & get-to-know session with artist Brianna Allen from Huntington, West Virginia.

You can see Brianna's profile or commission art from her at www.mademay.com/BriannaAllen

How would your best friend (or someone close to you) describe you using only 3 adjectives?

Honest, Anti-social, and Adventurous.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

It starts with a cup of coffee with my dog at my feet, I work from home as a graphic designer, I go for a walk with my dog or some kind of exercise after work, and finish with a good meal and probably some Office reruns. My average day… is pretty average.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by strong, smart, driven women, past and present, who have fought or are fighting to make this world a better place, not filled with hate but with beauty, strength, and opportunity for all. There are too many to name but they are all inspiring in their own way.

What is your favorite quote?

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain

As an artist, what made you get into art?

The love of art was there from the start. One of my first memories of drawing was getting a Barbie fashion kit for Christmas and designing outfits with all the rubbed textures. I later got a Bob Ross kit and struggled so hard to recreate that “effortless” mountain landscape, but took a lot of pride in that terrible painting. I took an oil painting class with a local artist in high school, there were only three other people in the class, much older than I, but I absolutely fell in love with the smell of oils, the studio filled with random still-life objects, and the process of creating physical art.

What is your favorite thing about art commissions?

I love having someone who appreciates art and just wants a hand-made work to represent a special pet, person, or place. It is a great feeling have that excited response when they see it for the first time and say, “Yes! That is perfect!”

What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone living)

The answer will change depending on my mood and the day but right now its “Flame” by Andrea Kowch.

What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone dead)

Henri de-Toulouse Lautrec “Dance at the Moulin Rouge” , there has always been something about the fire-haired lady dancing in the midst of that crowd that instantly grabbed me and always will. She just doesn’t care, sometimes I am her and sometimes I want to be her friend. Also, his color and line work are always fantastic.