Aliisa was born in 1957 of Finnish and Scottish parentage. She attended college in Portsmouth, obtaining a BA Hons in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting, in 1981. Since then she has lived and worked in Edinburgh, developing her own particular style of figurative painting with its mix of joy and melancholy. She never uses models - her inspiration is her imagination and experiences. Aliisa describes her paintings as a world somewhere 'between reality and imagination'. Her figures are always large but Aliisa doesn't see them as fat. Many of her images have been made into cards and published by Canns Down Press. Aliisa has also illustrated book covers, which include novels by Sarah Dykins, Sara Sefchovich and a poetry collection by Marinella Frani in Italy.
"I draw and paint intuitively, and I like large shapes and curves. I think perhaps it is because these images are about the soul, which is immense and boundless. My paintings are about feelings, moods and emotions. A feeling or a mood ... [more]
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