If you watched Offspring or The Block, you may have coveted Ali McNabney-Stevens’ colourful artwork, which has been in a few magazines recently. Behind the scenes, this very humble Melbourne artist and mum is just delighted to be doing what she loves day in, day out.
A fellow Pom, she moved here in 2001 after marrying an Australian. “After 5 years in London, he missed the sunshine and we decided to come for 2 years and that was 12 years ago!” There’s no doubt her surroundings have affected her work, with Melbourne’s bustling art scene and cultural diversity a constant inspiration. “Right from the get-go the artistic side of me was fueled. I am a very happy person here and I like to think that my art is happy. It gives me great pleasure in producing it and I guess I hope in turn that it gives others pleasure to hang it on their walls.”
The starting points for her paintings come from all around her. “I think my work comes out of an ongoing dialogue between abstractism, landscapes, flowers, everyday objects and is also informed by my passion for literature. I really do believe that everything you do feeds into the art funnel and once you start the art, it just comes out somehow. Sometimes a beautifully written line in a book can conjure an image in my mind, or simple glassware on my shelf can be enough. More often than not, it is the visual imagery in my mind of a landscape that is so close to my heart, which seems to come to the fore.
“Abstract fields of colour leap onto the canvas without me even having to think too hard about what it is I am doing. At art school, there always seemed to be an intellectual snobbery about much of design and contemporary art, which often left me feeling on the periphery. The cry from the tutors would often be “but will it be understood?” For heaven’s sake, one doesn’t have to understand something to wear it or put it on their wall. You just need to love it, want it (buy it!) then enjoy it!”
Her mantra when finishing a work is: “Do I like it? Do I think it works? Do I feel it’s right and does it resonate with me?” If the answers are yes then she’s satisfied. What’s more, Ali definitely subscribes to the Interiors Addict slogan of ‘style without the snobbery’ and having recently produced limited edition prints of 4 of her works, they’re now available at a much more affordable price point.
“It is so important for everyone to have some art, which is where price point and affordability are key,” she says, although you can never beat owning the original. “For me, the canvas has a heartbeat. You can see the brush strokes, you can see where something has been reworked, accidents become interesting and if an original artwork really does capture you, then perhaps it is nice to see something new or different each time you look at it.
“But the prints were borne out of a need to satisfy demand. My originals take me a long time to produce, so a wait list of 18 months is not ideal for someone wanting instant color on their walls.” She did her research before committing to prints though, choosing one of Melbourne’s top printers, Karl Stamer, as the man for the job. “I am so thrilled with the finished result,” she adds. “I use top quality archival paper and the overall result is breathtakingly good. They are still a boutique offering and people have loved them so far.”
Like many other artists (including Emma Cleine of Lumiere Art + Co who I interviewed recently), it was taking on stylist Julia Green as her mentor and manager that saw awareness of work (and the PR, popularity and sales that followed) grow to the point where she could finally become a full-time artist. “I lived in Hong Kong in my late 20s and it gave me this belief that you can do anything you want. It was a life changer for me. However, after moving countries for the millionth time, the birth of children and getting married, I think life’s practicalities can get in the way and you forget that belief that you had. Julia has reminded me of that belief. She is the client-facing part of this team which leaves me to get on with my studio work. Seeing my work on Offspring and The Block was surreal. Truly!”
Her use of vibrant colour is relatively new, believe it or not. “At art college I was more conservative. Once I got to Melbourne, I went to various art classes and life drawing classes and it seemed to appear. I think overall, colour just makes people feel good. It’s emotive, and it makes me so happy when I’m sent photos of my work in clients’ homes, with comments suggesting they look at it every day and feel happy. Doesn’t get any better than that.
“I also find that the color combinations I play with are endless. I am loving exploring the depths of blues and greens at the moment on inky backgrounds. They look iridescent, it’s quite magical.”
Juggling work with being mum to Molly, Louis and Charles (11, 9 and 5 respectively) is probably no different for Ali than most working mothers. “I guess I work hard as an artist between 9am and 3pm (and again after 9pm!) and then flip it to Mamma at 3.30pm. Outsourcing has been essential. I now have a bookkeeper who I refer to as my Fairy Godmother!”
Their family home was originally meant to be a stopgap, but not living in the pristine, finished house Ali dreams of, has turned out to be quite liberating. “I truly believe this house has allowed us to grow not only as a family, but as individuals. Nothing is precious about it. I love Grand Designs and Kevin McCloud and I heard him recently say that sometimes people change houses but sometimes, magically, houses can change people, and that is certainly true of me and my house. It’s allowed me to reinvent myself, be non-precious, grow as an artist and mother and focus all my attentions on what matters.”
Ali is hoping to branch out into textiles before the year is out. You heard it here first. Watch this space!
The prints cost from $150 to $1020, depending on size, including GST. More information here.
If you’d like to win your choice of one of the 4 limited edition signed prints by Ali (worth $1020), simply comment (with your email so we can contact you) on this interview by midnight on Friday 13 September 2013 to be in with a chance. Winner will be announced next week.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED TO ENTRIES.
Photography by Armelle Habib, styling by Julia Green.
Gorgeous art & a lovely success story
Michelle Cann says
Ali’s work is so vibrant and uplifting. I really love hearing about successful creative mothers. Lovely x
Gorgeous work and would bring so much joy to me and my walls.
I would love to win one of these, how breathtakingly beautiful.
Leah Haynes says
I would love to win one of these prints! I love her vibrant use of colour. Very inspiring I dream about this kind of life! [email protected]
I love your work Ali! Great post Jen! [email protected]
I’ve spent the last 12 month or so trying to find the perfect piece of art for my living room. This work is absolutely beautiful…would be the perfect addition to my home!
Natalie Morris says
How stunning, I would love to own a piece of her work! [email protected]
Ali McNabney-Stevens says
Hi Jen, Thank you so much for taking the time and giving me the opportunity… Ali
Jen Bishop says
So welcome! 🙂
Her works would make an incredible feature in any spaces ! Will defiantly be keeping that in mind. I love them ! Thanks Jen. [email protected]
Yes please- I love her work!
Mandy Mason says
Ali’s work is just gorgeous with beautiful colours. What a talented lady.
Yes, yes and yes! I watch Offspring and The Block (religiously!) – and thought that Ali’s artworks were amazing. I have the latest issue of Inside Out Magazine – I was drawn to purchasing the magazine because of the beautiful artwork on the cover, not knowing Ali was the artist! I too used lean more towards the neutral side (funny, as I am a Florist) but within the last few years I have felt a need to surround myself with colour – a home with colour just resonates with happiness, and adds another dimension to an interior. I am drawn to Ali’s Peonies No.4 artwork. I get great joy from creating a floral piece using peonies in their short Australian season, to be able to enjoy them year round through Ali’s artwork would be an absolute pleasure and honour.
Jen Bishop says
Must confess a mistake (now rectifeid in the article) as the Inside Out cover art is actually by Prudence Caroline: http://www.myne.net.au Another artist for you to discover and enjoy 🙂
I haven’t had a chance to read the magazine yet, just a quick flick through. Beautiful work by both artists 🙂
What a lovely article. Thanks for sharing. [email protected]
Sharon starr says
Great story – awesome art!
Belinda Flanders says
Hannah de Rooy says
Ali’s paintings are so vibrant, so full of life. I adore her use of colour and ability to make a print come to life. I can imagine her work lifting the spirit of any home.
Ali’s work is beautiful, I’d love a print to have in my home
Kristin Diehl says
eva bonacci says
Just looking at the colour combinations makes me feel happy. Combined with the strokes these canvases are a little piece of happiness.
Judging by all the comments already Ali’s art’s pretty popular! I love the pop of colour it creates.
Love love loveee Ali’s artworks! I’ve been looking for a long time for a perfect artwork for my house and would really love one of her colourful work.
Love her art..love to win this giveaway! 😉
I love Ali’s mantra – “You just need to love it”. Such a wonderful message to take away from this article. The vibrant colours in Ali’s works would bring delight to any home. I would love to own one of these stunning works by such a talented artist. Thanks for sharing Jen.
jo mitchell says
What beautiful art and I so agree with Ali, you do need real art in your home. I love the vibrancy of her colour and the movement in her canvases. Just gorgeous, thank Jen, you’ve done it again. @jomitchellxx
Ali your work is simply amazing and the colours you use scream happiness, love and laughter. Thanks Jen for finding all these amazing artists and sharing them with the rest of us!
Enjaye [email protected]
I absolutely love the color combinations and textures used in Ali’s work!!! They would look fantastic in my bedroom, just beautiful 😀 I have just enrolled in interior design and it is great to hear such a fantastic success story 😀
Tina Fox says
What an inspiring story and beautiful colourful artwork x
I love the vibrancy of Ali’s work, and one of her prints would be absolutely divine in my new lounge.
Thanks for sharing Jen, I have major envy of most offspring sets, particularly Nina’s house, and am glad to discover Ali’s work and the added bonus that she offers prints! A far more realistic addition to my wishlist. Love your work ladies!
Lisa Hawthorne says
The prints are fabulous and a great idea – I wouldn’t be patient enough to wait 18 months! Gorgeous colours in this artwork would bring summer in faster to anyone’s home. [email protected]
Stunning! Not much art ‘grabs’ me but I love Ali’s work.
Ali’s artwork is incredible and certainly evokes an emotion of joy and happiness with her use of shape and colour. I absolutely adore white/neutral spaces adorned with pops of vivid colours in the form of artworks. I would love to add one of her works to my home! [email protected]
Gorgeous art and an inspiring story. What a great message to remember that you should create work that you love and trust your instincts! Lovely interview Jen.
Dani de Wit says
Absolutely love her work! Would bring sunshine to any room!
Gorgeous work Ali! so vibrant and colourful, would look stunning in any home 🙂
I actually admired Ali’s work on Off Spring. I love her use of bright colour. It’s so nice to be introduced to the person behind the painting. For someone with so much talent, she seems so humble! Refreshing!!! [email protected]
Lisa Scully says
Great story on this wonderful colourist. I love Ali’s work and she is doing amazingly well. Her paintings are instantly recognizable and she paints pictures of beauty. Seeing her work so often of late has inspired me to get back into painting!
Love the bright colours! Sure fire way to beat mondaitis waking up to these stunners
Absolutely exquisite use of colour.
I love the idea that houses can change people.
I would also add that good houses (with character) change you to be the people you want to be.
I am in the middle of reinvention because of my house, and the master plan for renovations and I find myself personally changing with it.
Gorgeous art Ali. They certainly put me in a dream like state!
I love colour, but tend to lean very neutral when decorating, but can really visualise my pop of colour being one of Ali’s work of arts! They really draw me in. They seem to scream ‘happy’, which is what I want my house to surround me with.
Amazing! [email protected]
Love the colour, life and happiness injection from Ali’s amazing artworks. I would love one of her prints or artworks to be a focal pont in my home.
Renee Wilkinson says
Thanks for sharing Jen, what stunning art. [email protected]
LOVE. I have been on the search for the right art, at the right price. How I would LOVE to win one of these beautiful prints. And i am sure that hubby and my 4 kids will fall in love too. Ali: amazing work. Jen: thanks for the opportunity xx
Hopefully Ali will expand her portfolio of prints… Look forward to her textiles range!!
All amazing pieces and would be an amazing additon to my little apartment. [email protected]
Josie Somerville says
What an amazing interview with an amazing, inspirational artist. Lovely to see her work in Inside Out and with Kip & Co, another company I am drawn to for their use of vibrant colours. I would love one of Ali’s pieces for my home, especially knowing the full story behind the work now.
What a talented woman Ali is! Seems so down to earth and in touch with her work too. I’m just beginning my art collection (a humble one!) and this would be a wonderful and colourful addition to my unit. Would be such an honour to own a piece of Ali’s work.
Just gorgeous work! Loving the vibrancy!
Natasha Voudouris says
I would love love one of Ali’s pieces. Have been eyeing these off since I’ve seen them on offspring. Absolutely stunning
Nathan Sharpe says
Great Interview. I have hoped to one day own one of Ali’s Originals, she is one of my favourite artists at the moment. I would love the chance to win one of the prints they look amazing and would fit in my house perfectly!
Sarah C says
I would love to win but also would love to know where Ali got her gorgeous skirt!
Claire Wind says
absolutely gorgeous artworks! so keen.
Galina Nistor says
Beautiful lady creates beautiful art! Simply in love with her work.
Simon Potter says
Fantastic artwork! [email protected]
Her paintings and all that beautiful color- love it!
Wonderful bright and happy art!
It would be truly lovely to win one of Ali’s beautiful prints. Someone’s going to be very lucky…
I have recently moved to Melbourne & have been searching for art that will brighten my walls & is quintessentially Melbourne. I’ve found it & would love to own it! Beautiful work Ali!
Such vibrant, energetic and refreshing pieces of work. The art reflects the essences of Ali’s life. The distinctive nature of the pieces incomparable and it would be incredible to own one.
Happy, uplifting, soft outlines making it easy on the eye. Oh how I would LOVE to have Ali’s work on my wall. But what else resonated with me was her comment about Art School and “intellectual snobbery” – we are so lucky Ali believed in herself and pursued her passion. Now we have gorgeous works to appreciate. Thank you Ali. And thank you Interiors Addict for sharing.
I’m a huge fan of Ali’s beautiful paintings and to be able to bring a room to life with one of her works would be an absolute dream come true. Thanks Jen 🙂
Gorgeous work, love her use of feminine colours pinks & purples – really pops out on the lovely grey wall!
Liz Sideris says
What a beautiful story! I absolutely love your work Ali, it’s so vibrant, fresh and uplifting. When I first saw your art on The Block I thought I would love her work all over my house,, then seeing it on Offspring made me want it even more! Great to hear prints are available which are more affordable 🙂
Thanks for sharing this Ali and Interiors Addict x
I like Ali believe that Art should be available to everyone that it brings joy to. For years I have scouted the globe for artist unknown or up and coming to buy affordable works of art for clients. I am so pleased to see that a talented and passionate artist is painting to bring joy to people who love to be surrounded by Art purely for pleasure, emotion and sheer happiness that I know art work brings. I would be honoured and excited to display and enjoys one of Ali’s works in my home.
Thanks Jen for introducing me to these vibrant Art works.xx
It’s what art is all about….
This would look perfect in my bedroom!
Cheryl Mossman says
Thank you so much for this article! I have a fairly new home and want to add warmth and character with some art to cover the very white walls. It just all seems so expensive and there is this perception to be valuable art it needs to cost the equivalent of a small car. Ali has made it seem so uncomplicated with her view that you just need to like it. Her art and attitude are refreshing and encouraging.
Stunning use of colours! Would look amazing down my blank canvas entrance as a feature. Thanks for the introduction!
Christina Smith says
Love, love , love! The colours just make you feel better!
Christina Smith says
Lani Attwood says
Love love love Ali’s work, they would be treasured in my home [email protected]
LOVE Ali’s work! The artwork would brighten up my new home and give it much needed colour.
Fantastic eye for colour, they all look amazing!
Loren zoka says
Gorgeous! [email protected]
Casey Dorling says
What a lovely lady and such BEAUTIFUL artwork. Whoever wins is one lucky duck xx Fingers crossed.xx
I’m such a big fan of Ali’s! Love her use of colour so so much & would love one of her beautiful pieces in my home. Fingers crossed Xxxx
Kieran Pearce says
I’ve been searching for a surprise to cheer up my very stressed out better half and these are perfect! What a stunning range. Thank you Interiors Addict for sending on my way to win boyfriend of the year.
Would love a piece of this artwork in our home ! Would make a great conversation point !
Jennifer Stokes says
I already have a peonies print on its way to me (hopefully arriving any day now – cant wait!!), but would love one of the others too! After spending a ton if time searching for something for my first very own(ed) flat, I knew I had found the right artist with Ali. Thanks so much Ali for creating something so gorgeous!!
What beautiful happy colours! I don’t think you could ever get tired of looking at any of those pieces.
Love love love!! [email protected]
Love love love!! Alis work is amazing! [email protected]
Beautiful colors. Feel like they have infused me with some much-needed vibrancy! Amazing how inspiring color can be. Ali, how wonderful it must be to have such talent. Nice. [email protected]
Amy Quinnell says
Love, love love. My living room wall has been bare for 7 years, waiting for the right adornment and Ali, this is it!
Another wonderful Australian artist we can be so proud of!
Cheers to you!
Deb Robert says
She’s living the dream! What an inspiration. Beautiful art.
Olivia Francis says
Such lovely works of art. They are charming, inviting and warm. I adore the fabulous colours of her works……and her fab outfit of colourful layers. Thank you Jen for the great article and introduction to Ali’s work. As ‘homes can change people’, her artwork would definitely change my home and me. [email protected]
LOVE Ali’s work! And my lounge room would love her work even more – I have a wall waiting for a POP of colour and one of Ali’s pieces would be perfection!
We are beginning our renovation in December and Ali’s work sums us up. I am a cake shop owner with an art background…looking for a piece that we can all connect with and Ali’s does this. After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
Sarah B says
Lovely, cheery work. I appreciate when artists creat prints of their work as for most of us it is a real luxury. Well done on her success!
Love Ali’s vibrant and colourful works of art and the way they draw you in!
Mel H says
What a gorgeous way to transform a room & create an interesting vibe. xx
Stephanie butler says
Such amazing work! Love the colours used in her work and would absolutely love one hanging on my wall xx
I would love to win one of her prints and it would look fabulous in my new home 🙂 [email protected]
Artwork is truly inspirational and lights up anyone’s day just by looking at it…Love it
Ali’s paintings just bring a smile to my face! They light up a space and would add so much to my living space.
Love Ali’s work and love the blog.
Deanna de Vries says
What a great interview! I went to art school to and completely relate to what Ali said about trying to create meaning just to satisfy tutors. Ali your works vibrant and inspiring! That’s what people want to be surrounded by! Congrats on the success! x
Aliya Hutchison says
Nicole doolan says
Her paintings are pretty special not just because of the colours and shapes but the feelings behind the canvas really pop and makes you feel so grateful for her creativity
Elesha Rampling says
Ali’s pieces make my heart smile.
Elesha Rampling says
Lucy Marshall says
Ali is very inspiring and is such a success! She is recognised and loved for her work. We love her style and individuality of her art.
Love the colours, they make me happy 🙂
What colourful and vibrant works of art … a fabulous adornmentfor any wall!
Would simply love to own one.
Nicole Sipos says
Ali’s artwork brings a smile to my face, colour is happiness and how I’d love that beauty in my home for all to enjoy. Nx
Its always so wonderful meeting the artist behind the art and seeing why their artwork is so beautiful….it really does reflect the soul.
I lvoe her use of vibrant colours, her artworks certainly have the ability to lift any room
Love Ali’s work. So nice to see a beautiful look at the everyday. What an inspiration that we should all add to our day.
Ali’s work would add life to any room and home
I can already picture these on my walls – just perfect!
The perfect colour pop addition to our new house. [email protected]
chezelle richards says
Beautiful Colours, beautiful brush-strokes. I would defintately be proud to display this in my home as a real focal point
Tanya HT says
Stunning artwork so bright & cheery definitely uplifts the decor of any room it inhabits!!
Jodie Hughes says
How gorgeous is the artwork featured in the photo with Ali! Had to chuckle though… I met my Pom in 2001 and love painting abstract canvases too. Would be priveledged to have this art hung on my wall.
I just love this artwork, the vibrant colour brings such life to the paininting. It would be the best center piece for any room!
Cristen Milonas says
The appeal of Ali’s art is that it first touches me on a visceral level, and then as I ponder it understanding grows.. Art becomes much more personal when we attach our own perceptions to an art form.
Breanna Timmins says
I have officially found my favourite artist. What stunning works!
The pieces are beautiful and would look stunning on my freshly painted white walls!!!!
Such gorgeous work and I love you philosophy of beautiful affordable art for everyone.
yes please xx
What an amazing talent – such wonderful colours! I love hearing about Melbourne artists 🙂
Anneliese Crawford says
I totally agree with lots of what Ali says – you don’t have to ‘understand’ a piece of art to buy it. If it triggers an emotion in you, that’s enough. Hang it on your wall, and it will sing to you every day! I’d love to have one of Ali’s pieces sing to me:) [email protected]
Jen Bishop says
Tracy Lefroy says
Love seeing ,(almost) Australian artists featured! Another amazing, energetic, creative Mum who’s work is eye-poppingly colourful is Jessie Breakwell.
Thanks for the great blog, Jen x
Penny Sippe says
They are just beautiful. I have been encouraging my sister to get a piece for her new house… maybe the prints will be the answer.
Gorgeous. Her colours are stunning.
Brendan Guy says
We do love a pop of colour!
Ohhh my goodness, i just burst with excitement at the thought of possinly winning one of Ali’s AMAZING works!!!! Super dooper stupendous fan right here, would love to be able to put one of her pieces in my new home!! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity Jen! x
My China White blank dining room wall would welcome a gorgeous piece by this wonderfully talented artist. [email protected]
Ali’s work is spectacular, I adore colour and would love to have one of these prints in my home. I can imagine looking at it every morning, what a perfect way to start!
One of these wonderful prints would bring some well needed colour to my dark entry hall. Love them!!!
So refreshing to have so much colour at a reasonable price. Beautiful pieces for that perfect pop in my navy home.
Amy Giannakis says
Ali’s artwork is refreshing and upbeat.
They are vibrant, strong but yet sweet!
Yellow, pink, green and blues,
Are my favourite hues,
And would make my living room complete!
Amy Giannakis says
in case you need my email in the post its [email protected] 🙂
The colours in these prints make me want to dance! They would brighten up my white space like nothing else and I would adore having one of these artworks in my hot little hands.
Jo Ingleton says
We are leaving a much loved home and I’d love to have one of Ali’s uplifting and energetic artworks to take with us to our new home.
Jess S says
Stunning! I love Ali’s work so much and would love to have a piece hanging on my house.
Absolutely stunning work Ali! So colourful, vibrant and happy!
Fiona Cole says
What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
Beautiful work Ali and great post Jen.
Meegan Box says
Simply, I just absolutely love her work!
Colour, its just divine. Love love love!!
I have no art on my walls yet, waiting for the right piece to come to me, this might be it!
beautiful art that make me smile. amazing.
Alexandra Hanna says
Brilliant. I love to see a mum being able to balance her creative and work life with family. Fabulous colours.
Karsha Green says
I absolutely LOVE the colours of Ali’s artwork!
Ali’s work is a breath of fresh air! Something that is much needed in my home! 🙂
Great interview Jen. Thanks!
Helen McAlister says
I am sure that Ali McNabney-Stevens’ art would brighten up any home – but it would look especially good in mine!
lyndal kearney says
fresh colours. great use of space and non-space. LOVE her style.
I absolutely love her work.. Just gorgeous!
Jenni Noble says
What a great story about someone following their passion. Love the colours she combines and the life she gets into her work.
Mikka H says
I am so hopeful and excited at the thought of an Ali McNabey-Stevens in my house! Sending positive vibes.
what an inspiration to those of us seeking our inner creativeness!! And what better way to inject happiness than with gorgeous, bright pops of colour on the wall! today i am dusting off the art diary and paints 🙂 Thank you for the motivation and inspiration!
Gracie Ferro says
I just love Alis paintings! Had my eye on her for a while now! Great to see small business flourish! X
Stacey Cretella says
I love Ali’s work!!! So Beautiful 🙂 Would love to win one of these prints to put on my bedroom wall, how lovely to wake up to every morning! Would brighten up my day instantly x
Thanks for such an inspiring interview. I too am a mother and work in the Design industry. Since becoming a mum I feel I need some great inspiration to get me back into the Interior design frame of mind. Ali manages to create such vibrant, fresh graphics whilst caring for her three children and the up keep of her home. After reading and seeing this article I’m feeling motivated to get involved. I love Ali’s works of art and would use it in my home as constant motivation to be a good mum and a good designer.
I love these paintings. Good to see so many other people do to! It’s way to easy to be scared of adding such vibrant colour to your living space – but doesn’t it make you happy when you do!
Louise Tuppin says
Wow! What lovely pieces. Her happy demeanor is definitely reflected in her gloriously colourful artwork. I love art and I couldn’t agree more with her thoughts about art snobery! Sometimes you just like what you like! I could look at these images all day! sigh.
Thanks for sharing them with us!
Paula Mills says
What a lovely inspiring interview – and wonderful work! I am lucky to have one of Ali’s print s already…x
Sallie Daniels says
Love, love, love! [email protected]
WOW!!! So vibrant love the colours! What a true inspiration!! I’d love to win a print for our brand new home 🙂 [email protected]
ADORE Ali’s work!
Nicole Hill says
I admire Ali and her stunning work so much. It is vibrant, warm and engaging. I find myself lost in the colours and so happy to sit and stare. More intriguing I admire her ability to follow her dreams and combine it with being a Mum. [email protected]
My partner and I are currently planning to move into our first home together and I am looking for the perfect piece of art to replace the Real Madrid framed jersey that is currently sitting above the bedhead…please help!
Ali’s work is fab and would make the perfect addition to our bedroom. x
Liz Rogers says
Hi Love the artworks and would LOVE to win one!!!!
With thanks and fingers crossed,
Leah Williams says
Great article Jen!
I’ve been following Ali for a while now and absolutely adore who work. I am currently redecorating our home and would love to make one of Ali’s creations the focal point of the living room. Fingers crossed 🙂
Have a great day.
Alison Hill says
I absolutely adore these artworks! The colours are so vibrant and breath taking!
I love that Ali has evolved her craft to meet her customer’s wants and needs, and that she’s creating work that she feels, instead of simply following what she was taught. Art doesn’t need to be overthought – it’s an expression of emotion and creativity.
Beautiful art! Dreaming, dreaming. Thanks for the article Jen. I would love one of her prints in my bedroom to go from drab to fab!
Melissa Palermo says
Wow, so much goodness and creativity comes from Melbourne. I love, love, love her work. I hope I am one of the lucky winners. If not, I will be in touch anyway as I would love one of these to adorn our walls of our new duplex.
Diana nicoloudis says
Love Ali’s work, it is so uplifting…who wouldn’t want to wake and see it everyday? It just makes you smile and to read the post and learn that it comes from someone so grounded who genuinely loves what they do makes it all the more appealing. Thanks for making the search for great art a little easier! Can’t wait to read the 2013 affordable art post too. Fingers crossed.
Keryn King says
Absolutely love the colours, as they invoke the feeling of summer and lightness, peace and space. The perfect complement to a white Queensland house. Wishing, hoping that my email comes up as winner!! [email protected]
What an inspiration!
As a lover of Ali’s beautiful pieces and a working mother myself I felt completely inspired, not only to fill my walls with these lovely artworks but to finally take those art classes I’ve been dreaming of. Thank you Ali for sharing with us your wonderful talent!
Danny Saraceni says
Dear Ali, we just moved to Perth from the Netherlands. Your stunning art reminds me of Holland, greens for the grass, blues for the sky, pinks and yellows for the flowers.. But they also show me the beauty Australia has to offer, bright blue skies and a gorgeous blue sea and a lot of happiness as my children love the outdoor living here. Love the idea of fabrics, the possibilities are endless, good luck!
Gorgeous work Ali, would love one on my wall. . [email protected]
I have been admiring Ali’s artwork for months! Absolutley love the colour, will brighten any room. Thanks for the great interview.
Meg Geer says
I am just starting out on my career as a full time artist and find reading about other mum’s who have done it very inspiring, so thank you. What wonderful work. [email protected]
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!!! Will look perfect in my newly decorated living room! 🙂
This art is so beautiful and happy! I absolutely love all of Ali’s paintings – they bring a smile to my face!
So inspired to go paint something right now! Beautiful work. [email protected]
Emily Lochran says
Stunning! I would put in the new nursery for now to keep bub happy!!!! [email protected]
Melissa Archer says
Everything time I see Ali’s name pop up I’m so intrigued to see the piece of work that is attached to the post! She is so amazing. Love her art, her attitude and her mantra! She definitely captures ‘a brightness’ in her works. Great article too! [email protected]
Love x Love x Love x
Carla Bertram says
Luv the prints- pure vividness and life, unlike this boring meeting.
Thank you Jen for once again sharing precious finds with us all in this interview with Ali. I prefer art to be uplifting and a tireless talking point, something that is loved year in, year out without becoming tiresome or passe. I have pieces that I can stare at day in, day out, year in, year out and still love and am inspired by them, just like walking through a garden daily, appreciating each new growth on every plant. Ali’s work fills my category in every way, for as a designer who in not afraid to use colour, a home is meant to be pleasurable, where one and one’s family and friends can find peace and joy and not restlessness and angst. I also appreciate Ali’s comment that her home changed her to appreciate and enjoy that which she has as she found the inner beauty of its nature. Kudos!
Sarah M says
A beautiful outlook creates beautiful work. Our family would treasure one of her lovely prints. [email protected]
Fiona ballenden says
Ali’s art is like a breath of fresh air, it’s so happy and Colourful it’s a delight to find paintings that bring such joy.
Thank you for sharing your gift.
Veronica Rickard says
I love Ali’s fresh and sophisticated use of colour in her paintings, and her comments about her house “changing people” rings so true. Her lack of pretension is obvious.
Jo Morris says
Love the colours, simply stunning, [email protected]
Yum! I love colour and I love her work!
Merryn Byrne says
Oh yes please, her work is insanely amazing!!
Anna Cassar says
I love love love Ali’s artwork! There beautiful and fun and just make you feel happy! I would love one of her amazing prints to add to my home. [email protected]
Catherine Wilson says
Thrilled that Ali has decided to sell prints of her amazing work. Off to have a look for those right now. Beautiful work Ali. xx Catherine [email protected]
Beautiful article and amazing pieces. Loving her passion for art and especially colour, but I particularly love how she prioritises her family. Very inspiring story and art!
Bec Sacher says
I’ve been looking for the perfect piece of art for almost four years, but I can never make a decision or find something that feels right. The minute I saw this post I fell in love with Ali’s work. So much colour, vibrancy and energy…Ali’s work is amazing! I can’t think of anything better to hang in my home!
Dee Quinn says
Ali paints beautiful pictures. So glad she has released more affordable prints and look forward to seeing her next print series released.
Tessa - Down that Little Lane says
Oh I would adore one of these to be mine 🙂 [email protected]
karina w says
Those lovely splashes of colour will brighten up my very beige and boring walls!
One word – Love!!!
Thanks Jen for the art posts, they’re definitely satisfying my craving for all things art!
Pip Miller says
This article provided great insight into a creative, inspiring and deserving woman…and I just love her splash of colour and style!
M Thornton says
Love her artwork and would love to have it on my walls at home!
My walls need some brightening up. This would do the trick, should I be the lucky winner. Thanks Jen x
This is a wonderful prize! Thanks so much for the opportunity Jen x
Karen Pearce says
I just adore Ali’s work. It’s so vibrant and would light up any room. Her work be such a talking point in my Dining Room! It would be such a conversation starter!!!
Fiona Greenwood says
For years the only glorious artwork I have had around my house is from my two girls (which I love and cherish!) and have really never got around to purchasing our first ‘real’ piece of artwork. I have been waiting for something that reflects me and my husband (of course!) and our lifestyle. We love colour!! and our bedroom has an aqua blue wall waiting for that perfect piece to hang proudly. I love Ali’s work….so fingers crossed!! : )
Kate G says
It would be wonderful to own I’ve if these.
Samantha Plunkett says
When I first wanted to start painting I was so lost, I had always thought of myself as a creative person but also a very structured and often unable to let loose so my paintings weren’t exactly turning out how I wanted them too. I sent Ali a message on Facebook and she replied with some amazing advice that got me going! Thanks to Ali I was able to create some paintings I love. Saying that though, they are not a print signed by Ali!
Sonja Dunbar says
What a beautiful interview girls!
I feel so encouraged this morning by reading this blog post – I snuck in a quick sneaky read while I’m at work 😉
The constant balance of being a mum/working/pursuing dreams is one we all juggle at different times and it’s lovely to hear a true tale from time to time of someone who is blessed to have found their ‘happy spot’ for all three!
Thank you. xxx
My wife Rebecca just loves Ali’s work – she has shown me her website numerous times during the airing of The Block and Offspring, and she also showed me this competition – I can see her comment towards the top of the page. She understands that artwork isn’t in our budget in the near future, and I would love to win this for her. I know that she would be so very appreciative (that’s probably an understatement!).
Audra Ibbetson says
Ali’s work is so cheerful and colourful. I would love to add one of Ali’s pieces to my home.
Jamie Ryan says
I love this artwork so much. It makes me feel really happy.
My email is [email protected]
Eliza Smoothey says
Amazing work Ali. Your bright paintings could put anyone in a good mood!
Would love the chance to own one of your beauties. My email is [email protected]
Spectacular use of colour and amazing shapes. LOVE!
what an inspiration, I’d adore any piece of Ali’s in my home.
Fingers and toes crossed! I’ve been saving for one of these.
Absolutely LOVE Ali’s work. The colours are amazing and I’m sure they’d brighten up my beige walls!
As a creative sole and a new mother it’s easy to get bogged down with the day-to-day hustle and bustle.
Ali has shown me being a successful creative and an awesome mum can be done. This article has inspired me to start embracing my creativity again.
Her works are divine, uplifting and positive… just AMAZING!!!
Lauren packer says
It’s beautiful work.. I love her colours!
I have coveted Ali’s work for a while now and picture her artwork on the walls of my (imaginary) dream house!!
Whoops, forgot my email!
Absolutely Love- Stunning work!
PS Great blog Jen!
I’m an abstract addict and fell in love with Ali’s paintings on The Block. To have one of Ali’s prints in my life would make my house sing.
I’m an emerging designer, so I’m inspired by her journey and also her involvement with the legendary Julia Green. I hope to achieve such success one day.
Maree Edwards says
love love love her artwork!
Katie Stuart says
Absolutely gorgeous each and everyone of them! LOVE lots of colour!
Andrea H says
Beautiful artwork I love all the colour!
Andrea H says
Annie Meyers says
Ali, I was an Offspring fanatic and I always loved and noticed the artwork in Nina’s bedroom. Its so nice to know who the artist is now. Your style is very vibrant and energetic and I love the composition of your prints. I love hearing stories about people following their dreams!
New house, empty purse. White walls., Ali McNabney-Stevens. *Smile. x
New house, empty purse. White walls., Ali McNabney-Stevens. *Smile. x
…. (e) [email protected]
Beautiful pieces! [email protected]
Very talented australian artist. Ali’s journey resonates with me although less talented, encourages us to follow our hearts.
Lauren Harper says
Love this gorgeous artwork.
Kristy Mckenzie says
I’m not a huge fan of most art, I generally like to hang pictures of family and friends on my walls, but your art work makes me feel completely differently! I feel happy looking at it. I would love a piece in my home.
Kate Q says
Love her work!
Luv Alis work, and would love one of her works in my house!
Nic Wesley says
Beautiful works – and beautiful to read a story about someone doing something they love. Inspiring!
Olivia Ewan says
LOVE LOVE LOVE Ali’s work! have been coveting her gorgeous art for a while now, such a talented and lovely woman, wonderful to see her doing so well.
Maha Grice says
Ali’s art makes me feel simply happy!! Unpretentious and joyous, who couldn’t do with more joy in their home. After reno budget blowout I am so sick of bare walls…… bring me some happy 🙂
Jane Amelia says
Divine work. I’m a really huge fan!! Fingers crossed I win! xo
Sarah L says
Gorgeous style…love! [email protected]
Absolutely love the colours, they make for such a happy day! One of these beauties on my wall and I’d be working from home every day 🙂 Great post and thanks for the chance to win.
Karen M says
What stunning and uplifting artwork from a truly talented (and busy) lady. Your pieces are contemporary yet timeless (if you can be both;)). I loved reading about where your inspiration comes from – beauty comes from everywhere. I wish you every success and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
Love your work!!! <3
I think Ali’s paintings are absolutely stunning!! Dream of owning one …
Love her work.
Scotty Redding says
Amazing work…fantastic use of colour!
Now who wouldn’t want Ali’s artwork on their walls! I can defintitely say with reference to all of Ali’s pieces – ‘I love it’, ‘I want it (buy it!)’ and I would most certainly enjoy seeing your artwork on my walls! Any piece would make a gorgeous vibrant feature on my walls. Well done on making your art affordable in the way of good quality prints in order to meet your customer’s demands and make them happy too! [email protected]
Rebecca Stewart says
If I could muster all my emotions & mix them with my dreams & desires, and project them onto canvas… I would end up with one of your incredibly inspiring artworks on my wall. I don’t know how you connect with an artwork, or a piece of music, or an item of clothing – but when you do, it’s incredibly comforting & exciting.
Thank you for expressing such relatable pieces in a way that only you can. You’re an amazing artist, and a true inspiration for working Mums!
Absolutely love her work! I’m just starting to get into interior decorating and working out a style that I love. And I love this style. Xx
Carolyn McKenzie says
Beautiful, beautiful art which obviously depicts Ali’s beautiful nature. Her art is on my wish list 🙂
Lauren Harris says
Outstanding work! It would make a great impact in any room, especially an entrance way!
I am dying to get some art up on the blank white walls of our new home. They need a serious dash of colour. So excited! [email protected]
Chris R says
Ali’s work is just stunning. The perfect way to turn a house into a home. Love it.
Wow, breathtaking! [email protected]
Elise Doratiotto says
The hook is already on the wall… waiting to meet its art love <3
Brave? Bold! Can’t go wrong with colour!
How do you pick a favourite? Love them all!!
Great article. I have 3 children about the same age & i want to start painting again. Ispirational – thank you. It’s lovely to find out about the artist, it helps you appreciate your print a little more…. 🙂
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful 🙂 [email protected]
Jacqui Fisher says
Absolutely stunning artwork, I would cherish any of these pieces, being a single parent with one child with Autism, and a severe back injury of my own, I couldn’t afford one of these stunning pieces, but to look at one of these every day would lift my spirits and show me that someone actually does care what I go thru… Even if I don’t win, I’m blessed for you to have seen these stunning paintings’!
Thank you for the opportunity :))
modern kaleidoscope of brillilant colour! [email protected]
beautiful work and amazing choice of colours
Alison D says
Beautiful, beautiful work…such stunning, vibrant colours…very talented!
Maria T says
I love artwork that oozes happiness. Would be a very happy edition to my family!
Yes! Fell in love with her artwork when I spot it on the show..wish I could win this 😉
Jen C says
Love her art styles and color. Such a beautiful combinations
Vibrant colors. Bold images. Love itxxx
Erika Hellstrom says
Her artwork makes me so happy that Summer is on its way!
Such gorgeous graceful colours expressed in such a beautiful way!!! How could one of these paintings not look good anywhere – I looooovvvveee these paintings!!!
Love Love Love Ali’s work. The vibrancy of colour and choice of medium always amaze me. So talented!
Lisa Bourne says
Great interview Jen, as always, and what a great story. An inspiring woman is Ali, and now she has tapped into a market that certainly appreciates her work, but may not have the finances (or time) to purchase her canvases, bravo. I covet like crazy every one of her pieces, would be thrilled to win a gorgeous print – Spring on the walls.
Jacqueline Wilson says
They are just amazing! I love them [email protected]
Lucy Ryan says
Ali’s work does something to me. The colours are so stimulating and beautiful, It would make me skip around all day with a beaming smile on my face if I was lucky enough to win : )
Karen Carter says
I am a ‘mature aged’ interior design student and needed inspiration for an assignment designing a residential interior. Enter Ali and her lovely artwork. My design is orientated around her gorgeous colour schemes which would complement so many homes, including mine! Happy to hear she’s a fellow pom too!!
What vibrant, happy, spirited pieces! My little 5 year old girl is steadfastly determined to become an artist when she grows up. This would be such a fantastic inspiration for her (by a wonderful role model) and a daily reminder of the possibilities held in her hopes and dreams, a goal worth striving for!
Meredith Ashton says
Such beautiful artwork. What a talented lady!
She’s got a new fan here..wow her art is amazing..love the color!
These prints are stunning!! Peonies are my favourite and I adore the peonies print, it would look gorgeous against my pressed tin walls x
I have just discovered your lovely blog, and was excited to read about the article on Ali. I have researched her art work numbers of times, since seeing it featured on Offspring and The Block. What a coincidence! Her art is so vibrant, up-lifting and beautiful! Ali’s work inspires me to be at being creative in my home. I would be so pleased to win such a gorgeous piece of art work. It would be amazing.
Claire Piltz says
Thank you for a great article featuring a fabulous atrist. Her work is beautiful – I’ll be keeping an eye out for her work in the future.