Alla Parsons was born in Russia where she received her Master of Arts degree and completed all but her dissertation in History from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. Art, not history, was her true passion. Alla always expressed her emotions through drawing and painting. She finally called Art her profession when she moved to the US.
Alla was a member of Gold Coast Watercolor Society and Broward Artist Guild in Florida, part of Fargo-Moorhead artists group and member of an artist-run gallery in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. She was a member of Hilton Head Artist League in South Carolina and some artists groups in Savannah, Georgia. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Danville Museum of Fine Art and History in Danville, Virginia and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree MFA from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
After receiving her MFA, living in Abu Dhabi, and travelling the world with her husband she is now the Director of Fine and Performing Arts at a South Piedmont Community College in Monroe, North Carolina where she is teaching Drawing and Painting.
Alla has a wide range of artistic interests: landscape and figure, working in various mediums, including watercolors, encaustic and oils. Her main interest lays in the style sometimes called Magic Realism. She says in her artist statement:
“My paintings are about the mystery of our everyday life. My aesthetic influences include Dada, Surrealism, and Symbolist artists. Many artists inspire me today, among them Leonor Fini, Rene Magritte, Andy Wyeth, Odd Nerdrum, Paula Rego and Katherine Ace.”
Alla’s works received awards in juried art shows and are in private collections across the US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Tunisia and Russia. Her painting “Self-Portrait in a Red Turban” was published in a catalog of Fantastic Realism in Vienna, Austria in 2012. Her work can be viewed at www.allaparsons.com.