Painting to me is a way of investigating the world inside my psychology; It expands one's imagination and perception of the material and spiritual and helps to process inexplicable feelings and states. Earlier pieces are personal, journalistic like realism noted in industrial gear using traditional oil painting techniques, documented adventures show an appreciation for the mountains and underground landscapes. Eventually, I explored more abstracted, anthropomorphic monotones that sculpt and "draw" rather than discern with color, though ultimately still rooted in photographic documentation. I have always enjoyed painting portraits the most; within them, there seems to exist raw, uncanny angles, and tonal depth that tells a painterly predictive narrative of many fascinations. It lets me tell of my affection for human expression, relationships, and the truth of being alive.
Ali studied Painting at Syracuse University, earning a BFA in 2009. In her 20's she attended art residencies such as Vermont Studio Center in 2011, Maryland Hall Center for the Creative Arts in 2012, The Rome Art Program with SVA in 2013, and Chautauqua Institution in 2009 and again in 2015. In 2013 she earned her MA in Critical Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland where she began applying her understanding of visual culture through project caving and critical theory. Her thesis was on Theorizing the Cave Symbolic for Feminist Critique. Ali lived in Saratoga Springs, NY for 10 years where painted, taught violin at the Waldorf School 2019-2020, and pursued her NY State Teaching Certificate in Art Education. She moved to Brooklyn during the 2022-2023 school year to complete certification requirements in the South Bronx, NYC. Ali was granted her certificate in Feb. 2023 and now lives in Deale, MD where she teaches violin and looking for a school that is the right fit to become an art teacher.