I met Alissa Dixon my freshman year in one of our basic art classes. We spent a lot of time together, as any art student would, slaving away at our seemingly thousands of projects and you end up making lots of memories past midnight trying to finish up those projects on time (and even then they were never completely done).
Alissa is an exceptional human being. Her quiet spirit allows her to not have to be in any sort of spotlight, but to observe kindly the lives of others. For those lives she cares and invests deeply, giving all her love and attention to whatever needs it at the time. She thinks about things all the time, other people, spiritual things, why the sky isn't blue sometimes, and everything in between.
She's also an exceptional artist. We both share the fascinating gene of procrastination, which really has bit us in the butt as far as the quality of our work on some projects. But alas, we have worked through a lot of that and are finally finding our niches. Especially Alissa. She's a very talented painter and is pushing herself constantly with new and even more in depth pieces.
She asked me to take some pictures of her work for her own website (so go check it out!) and it was so much fun getting to spend some time with her and really get to look at her work outside of the studio.