Meet a Heartmade Artist: Allison Johnston of fuzzy grapefruit

Today's Heartmade artist appreciates the whimsy in life and it shows in her beautiful (and often hilarious!) art. A RIT-trained graphic designer and artist, Allison creates cards, prints, jewelry, and paintings, all based on things in the world that bring her joy. You might own one of her archival prints of an ostrich wearing workout gear, earrings made from upcycled bookboards, a block-printed notecard of anthropomorphized bacon and eggs, or even a gouache and ink original of the happiest hedgehog you've ever seen. :) Through fuzzy grapefruit, Allison is able to brighten the Houston art scene with art for children and adults alike. We love it and her!

What's your favorite thing about being an artist in Houston?

One of Houston's best-kept secrets is its arts scene -- this city is brimming with talented visual artists, writers, musicians, and creative thinkers. When I moved here four years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this active creative community and citizens who really support and embrace the arts. Houston truly is the land of opportunity!

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

My ideal weekend would involve petting animals, drinking lattes, reading, drawing, hiking, and giggling with friends.

What's your favorite piece of public art in Houston?

There are so many to choose from! I've lately been reminded of the loveliness of the Menil Collection campus. Although it's more expansive than a single piece of "public art", everything from the architecture of the buildings, to the surrounding sculptures, to the collection itself never ceases to inspire me.

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