Allison Backus

Colored Pencil/Watercolor/Graphite


Alli Wade is one of six siblings, born and raised in the Bull Shoals area. She is an award-winning artist whose realistic images range in medium from colored pencil and graphite to watercolor. She focuses her subject matters mainly on portraits and wildlife. Both Renaissance and more contemporary artists inspire her work and influence her style. She says that Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Norman Rockwell are such artists, but “what inspires me to create the most is the fact that I can make something that somebody actually wants to have in their home to look at every day.”

Alli grew up being home-schooled with her siblings and attributes much of her success to her supportive parents. “We were home-schooled, and a great part of that training was that my parents made sure to encourage us and help us achieve our goals wherever they could, in order that we would develop the talent that God gave us.” Since discovering and developing her talents, Alli has earned several “Best in Show” awards at both county and state art competitions and has shown her work during the Harvest Fest at Silver Dollar City. She loves what she does. “I now draw every day, doing commissions and selling my art,” she says.

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