Ali Cavanaugh was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973 and has painted professionally for over fifteen years. She works in a style she calls neo fresco secco, where watercolor is applied to plaster panels. Her paintings often include female figures wearing patterned clothes, set off against a plain white background. When Ali was two years old, she lost much of her hearing due to spinal meningitis which led to greater awareness and interest in body language and compositions of the human form. Ali describes her inspirationt:
My fascination with the dichotomy of the seen and unseen has been a conceptual cornerstone for most of my career as a figurative artist. I am moved to portray the human figure in two aspects: body and soul. The image of a young female figure reaches into a part of my experience that contains infinite ideas and images. It’s in the moment of hesitation when one moves into the interior space of thought that I find my inspiration.
There’s poetry and grace in these lovely paintings that bring a fresh approach to watercolor.