Alison Hamil’s creative spark began at an early age. As a child, she was constantly building, sculpting, making, and creating. She fondly remembers doing imaginative things like constructing a robot entirely out of recycled materials on a whim, and holding an art show at a pop-up gallery in her parents’ garage. Throughout her childhood, she won several art contests, and decided to be a cartoonist in fourth grade. That didn’t quite pan out, but she wasn’t far off.
In high school, Alison realized that she was the only student not using ceramics class as an excuse to slack off, so she decided to pursue formal training and a career in art. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Georgia State University with a concentration in Drawing and Painting in 2010. She also studied the art of graphic design while she was in school, and now specializes in bridging the gap between design, technology, and traditional drawing and painting.
Currently, Alison works as an interdisciplinary artist based out of her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She has a diverse body of work including murals, graphic design, and paintings in watercolor and acrylic. Most of her work incorporates bold colors, graphic patterns, and symmetry, combined with elements of painterly realism. Nature is a common theme in her work, as well as interconnectivity and spirituality.
Hamil has been awarded several public art commissions from the City of Atlanta, and has painted murals in various places across the globe including Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Kefalonia, Greece. She was named Best Emerging Visual Artist in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2013, and has exhibited in the Georgia State Capitol, Kibbee Gallery, Mason Murer Gallery, Eyedrum, MOCA GA, and MINT Gallery. In April of 2020, Hamil was commissioned by the Mayor of Brookhaven, GA to paint a pandemic mural containing the phrase, “We Are All Together” alongside Peachtree Road. She is the 2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead, GA where she will be having her first solo show in the Fall of 2020.
Alison lives with her daughter, Claire, husband, Joseph and two very high maintenance cats in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is a stay-at-home mom and works out of her home studio when she’s not out painting the town. She loves to spend time outdoors hiking and foraging for mushrooms, and has been known to dabble from time to time in poi fire spinning.