Alicia Maynard is from Springfield, TN, just outside of Nashville, and earned her AA in Commercial Art from Nossi College of Art in 2000. Alicia is always on the lookout for unusual, passionate and sometimes outlandish projects to create for people. However, finding interesting and well-paying gigs wasn’t always so easy. Artistic to the core, Alicia began practicing a variety of arts and spent her early alumni years traveling to California, looking for her space in the world, and working at Tower Records in Nashville. Eventually she stumbled into makeup, and it became her new medium. She started a second degree in cosmetology, began working at MAC cosmetics and set forward on a new path. When divorce rocked her world, a marriage counselor asked if she did any kind of art, because it could help her process everything she was going through.

She realized it was the art side of makeup she enjoyed more than spending her day in a salon or classroom. Back to art she went, and with it, she brought everything she learned along the way. Her experience with makeup transformed into commissioned body paintings and portrait paintings. She met Travis, a fellow artist and “It was like my life exploded into art!” They married and have three beautiful children. In 2011 they opened Lime Tiger Emporium inMurfreesboro, TN (which closed in 2015). She moved from full time to part time at MAC and three years later she quit altogether. It was time to discover her freelance career, the chapter she is currently pursuing. She gets the best of both worlds living as an artist. She travels around Murfreesboro to attend art crawls and shows, displaying work that she and her husband come up with. Everything else is commissioned through word of mouth and social media marketing.

She dabbles in weddings, paints portraits, loves creating scenes for big murals, is an avid body painter and she connects regularly with the burlesque industry. Her unbridled career path allows Alicia to experience a lot of different art for a lot of different people. It is that variety that is paving the way to her perfect path. “If I can do anything all day, every day, I would just paint…I get easily bored and love other people’s creativity,” says Alicia. “There are so many people who are creative but maybe not artistically inclined. I take someone else’s wants, feelings and emotions and transfer it into art for them.

 

Bill Murray with Plant

Bill Murray with Plant

 

Disney Burlesque

Disney Burlesque

 

American Lebowski

American Lebowski

 

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