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I Was Born Inspired

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I Was Born Inspired

“I’m inspired by anything and everything: ideologies, mythology, the moon, music, blue, mushrooms … I have an overactive muse who endows me with ideas day and night. I don’t know “how” I get inspired any more than I know how I breathe. I was born inspired.”

Ali Mignonne has always felt a deep sense of connectedness with trees. Her childhood home was surrounded by a jungle of oaks, cedars and willows. She spent countless hours climbing and exploring them, fascinated by the textures of bark and foliage.

“When I was a kid, I lived on a very wooded lot, and my dad built a treehouse for us. I loved sitting up there and looking at the bugs, picking the bark and tearing the leaves apart.”

Woven into this scene of dense foliage is an inherited ability to capture these moments and observations on canvas. Like her mother before her, Ali Mignonne grew up in the shadow of an artist’s easel. A love of painting flourished on both sides of the family tree, and she honed her skills by working side by side with her mother and grandmother.

“I create because I was born to create! It’s why I’m alive and that which makes me thrive.”

Unlike her mother’s work, celebrated for portraying the mesmerizing realness of Aspen forests, MIgnonne’s trees are a mixture of the earth’s wonders and the mind’s fancy. She employs bold colors and texture to depict impossible images from deep inside her imagination.

Palette knives and cake decorating tools sculpt foliage that pops off the canvas, and layers of epoxy give a translucent depth to forest pools. With a blend of hardener and paint, trunks become lifelike. The effect is extraordinary.

Pieces hung throughout L’Auberge evolve with the changing light, their dramatic textures casting shadows across the canvas. Both magical and alluring, they draw guests across rooms into magical realms.

“It’s a refuge. You can go and escape the world when you’re with trees.”

Colorado Chorus

Peace and Harmony

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Pray

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Come a Little Closer

Let It Be

I Was Born Inspired

Ali Mignonne’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the southwest and have been bought by art collectors around the world. In addition to painting, she recently achieved a lifelong dream of writing a novel, Tangled Fates. Deeply embedded in nature, Tangled Fates combines mystery, history, science fiction, and romance into a vivid, literary work of art about the interconnectedness of mankind and how each man’s action has the power to alter the lives of others.

Additional information about Mignonne and her work can be found at GoldensteinArt.com.

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