Allison Acree Hunt (Ally) a native of Nashville, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She began her professional career as a graphic designer in Atlanta and was selected to design work for the Atlanta Steeplechase, the Memphis in May Celebration, the Summer Lights Festival in Nashville, the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville and the Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans exhibit in Memphis among many others.  In 1999, she designed the poster for the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival in Pensacola, where she has lived since 1997 and now calls home. After many years in graphic design,  Ally returned to her artist roots and began painting the bright, sometimes whimsical, but always colorful acrylics for which she has become known. “People tell me that when they look at my work it makes them smile.  That’s the greatest compliment that I could have!” “I  absolutely love to paint, love to paint with friends....old and new. I enjoy meeting new people and showing them  what they can do.... and help see that they have artistic talents that they never they had!   It’s really exciting to see my customers create a beautiful piece of which they are proud.  And honestly, I pick up new ideas and techniques from  them...many who have never painted before in their life!”  Pink Picasso © Pink PIcasso 2011 Gallery & Studio the artist “My father was an artist.  I always looked up to him and wanted to be an artist also.  I would copy his paintings or sketches...and with the kind of confidence that only a child can possess, thought, ‘Mine looks as good as his, in fact, I think it’s better!’  Oh, to have the that type of spirit again... I miss my dad a lot...sadly he died in 2010.  It’s comforting to think that I made him proud by following in his footsteps.”  Click here for information about commission art work by Ally.