- First movie she rented through DVD Netflix: I think it was The Secret of Roan Inish. This movie was fascinating to me when I was little.
- Go-to movie snacks: Watermelon and pistachios.
- Actor that always makes her LOL: John Cleese.
- If she were stuck on an island with only five movies, she'd choose:
- Winged Migration (Such a beautiful, astonishing film.)
- Alice in Wonderland - Disney's 1951 version (Since I was little, I have loved the bizarre and vibrant imagery of this film.)
- The Seven Up Series (Fascinating.)
- Amelie (This movie always makes me smile.)
- Talk to Her (Strangely wonderful, wonderfully strange.)
- All-time favorite movie: I don't know about "all-time," but a movie I don't think is terribly well-known and would highly recommend to anyone is Kings of Pastry (be sure a good bakery will be open when you finish watching!).
I have always loved drawing and creating, and my parents tell me I have been doing so with whatever I could get my hands on (crayons, eyeliner, baby food...) my whole life. I'm not sure if I really believe in talent, but I do know that my love of art has driven me to practice constantly.
I see art as a deeply personal activity, and I think what ultimately makes a piece successful is the artist's ability to use her learned skills while staying true to her inner voice and instincts.
I have always loved pen and ink. I also love printmaking, particularly linocut combined with watercolor.
So many artists that I admire! But if I stick to illustrators, a few favorites include: Isabelle Arsenault, Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Roz Chast, Benjamin Chaud, Carson Ellis, Edward Gorey, Maira Kalman, Ezra Jack Keats, Janice Nadeau, Summer Pierre, Yuko Shimizu, Shel Silverstein, Tomi Ungerer.
Something I'm finally watching (and am completely enamored of) is Six Feet Under.
Fun facts: I used to be a professional fiddler, I was a forest ranger, and have lived and worked in Japan and the Dominican Republic. I have always been fascinated by octopi, and actually wrote and illustrated a whole kids book about this character (Langston, featured below).
These are some of Alice's favorite selections of artwork from her portfolio. Check out more of her delightfully whimsical pieces at www.alicemalone.com.