Introducing myself and my journal: Empowerment through Art

Alisa Looney
Posted April 24, 2014 from United States

About Me: I am a woman artist living in Portland, Oregon, USA. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to express myself through art.

I have found inspiration in reading women's stories on World Pulse. The strength of women all over the world in one place is empowering and creates so much potential for positive change. I am especially interested in learning how women all over the world make their creative lives work, and what inspires them to continue to develop new work. I am also interested in hearing from those who have found a way to make a living doing their art, the challenges and the triumphs that come with this chosen path. I am also happy to share my own experiences and evolving challenges of being an artist, wife and mother.

I am currently researching venues on the internet to get my work in front of a global audience, hoping this will better support me and my family.

Moving forward with my new work, I am interested in telling visual life stories of women and men who have made a difference for others. This will be a series of sculptures in the medium of enamel (glass) on steel. My goal is to create deeply meaningful pieces to acknowledge people for the work they do to make the world a better place, pieces that can be passed down through generations. The piece I am working on now is a sculpture to honor my mother, her creative life and generous spirit and the difference she has made for all who know her. I consider this to be my most precious work to date.

I also create public outdoor sculptures that can be seen by people of all walks of life. With this larger work it is my hope to bring messages of joy, connection and empowerment to people in their communities.

One place where I find inspiration and strength as a woman artist in my own community is with my women's art group. I have had the support of this group for the last 16 years and have been a group leader for 6 of those years. Built on trust and authenticity, we explore together our greatest visions as artists, where it gets hard, what our next steps are and how to keep it going by setting up the support we need. With the structure of bi weekly meetings and a confidential listening process, with no back talk or advice, we each come to our own best thinking on how to best lead our lives as women artists. This group has been essential in my growth as an artist and I am continually inspired and grateful for these incredible women and the space we hold for each other.

see my art here:

My Passions: art, dance, nature, connection, inspiring others to go for their dreams

My Challenges: making a consistent living as an artist

My Vision for the Future: each person is empowered and fully self-expressed

My Areas of Expertise: metal sculpture, graphic design, illustration, listening, leadership

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    Apr 25, 2014
    Apr 25, 2014

    IL très intéressante d'avoir une femme en ligne comme vous à qui nous allons partage les idées pour change le monde nous vous disons bienvenu et soyez courageuse ensemble nous allons change le monde.

  • Alisa Looney
    Apr 25, 2014
    Apr 25, 2014

    Thank you so much for your kind welcome, Masoka! Yes, I love your words...being courageous together we will change the world! It is an honor and a privilege to hear from you. I look forward to learning and sharing ideas with you and the community.

  • Yvette Warren
    May 22, 2014
    May 22, 2014

    Alisa, you are so blessed with the ability to express your passion through the physical medium of your art. We are so happy that you have found this way of sharing your blessings with women all over the earth.

    I absolutely love your artwork. I live in New Orleans where we enjoy many public art pieces and performances. I'd like to see your work here.

    You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

    I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

    Blessings. Yvette

  • Alisa Looney
    May 26, 2014
    May 26, 2014

    Thanks so much Yvette for your kind words about my art and your wish to see my work in New Orleans! I would love that too! Thank you for sharing the getting started guide with me. I look forward to exploring it and connecting with more women of the world! Blessings to you and Thanks for the kind welcome! Alisa