Alisa Steady: The Animal Soul

May 13–28, 2016

Alisa Steady is a painter, known for her vivid, whimsical and soulful depiction of animals and wildlife. Her brightly colored animal portraits sit atop energetic, abstract backgrounds. Each one seems to tell a story, and have a personality all its own.

Alisa is quoted as saying, “Color is like a second language to me. I use it boldly as a means of expression.” She also uses paper, molding paste and thick paint to bring depth and voice to her work.

Alisa grew up in a family of artists, actors and writers who have mentored and influenced her art over the years. She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 2010, majoring in watercolor and illustration. She now works as a full-time artist from her studio in Antioch, Illinois.  This exhibition will be her first solo show in the Chicago region.

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 6-8pm. Plan to be here at about 7pm, when Alisa will tell us a bit about her work.

The show runs for 3 weeks, and is open on 3 Saturdays, May 14, 21 & 28. The show/gallery will be open from 1-5pm those Saturdays. Private viewings can also be arranged – email Kim at Kids are always welcome!

For more info, visit


swell gallery

123½ W Main St
West Dundee, IL 60118