"I have taken my love of birds and incorporated it into my art through watercolors and encaustics. The locally birds and seasonal colors influence my creation process. As a painter, I am inspired and influenced by the natural world around me, focusing on the micro and macro levels. Emulation of fungi, florals, and seed pods find their way into my work to give a serendipity to each piece".
Ali Herrmann is a mixed media painter and nature lover, whose work explores nature, birds and landscapes; taking influences of organic forms, repetition and the colors in her environs. Herrmann’s current practice and studio is located in Troy, NY.
The early stages of Herrmann’s career began in 1994. With a focus on geological science, she pursued studies at Colgate University, where she quickly became a Phi Eta Sigma scholar. While meeting course requirements, she took an intro art 101 class and reignited her childhood passion for art. By 1995, she transferred to Bennington College to continue her education. While at Bennington, Herrmann continued studies in genetics and biological science, learning through a cross-disciplinary model that the college promotes. In 1997, Herrmann received a Student Endowment for the Arts grant, which allowed her to pursue a large scale, independent paper installation, artistically mapping male/female chromosome structures, merging her interest in science with her passion for the arts. By 1998 she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, specializing in painting and printmaking. Since college, she has maintained a cross-disciplinary interest within her painting styles, incorporating both natural and biological sciences.
Herrmann’s continuously growing accolades include artistic residencies at the Vermont Studio School in 2007, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY in 2017, and an upcoming resident artist in July 2020 at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY. Throughout her career, Herrmann has been awarded multiple grants: a Massachusetts local cultural council grant in 2017, an A.R.T. fund grant recipient in 2019, as well as a Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation in 2014 and 2020. Herrmann exhibits work regionally at Albany Center Gallery in Albany, NY, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA and The Hyde Collection’s Mohawk Hudson Regional 2019. Her work is in the the collections of Sweet Magnolia S1 Productions, Screen Gems Productions/Sony Studios, RCA division of Sony, the Red Lion Inn, and The Masie Center.