Using intricate brushwork and an expansive colour palette, Alli works to express her connections with her subject matter, to tell a story.
Alli Van Gruen grew up in Toronto and received her fine arts diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Part of her studies included a year abroad at the college's satellite campus in Florence, Italy. It was here in Italy that she was able to explore and get comfortable with her expressionistic style in both oil and acrylic paints. Since then, colour and texture figure quite prominently in her paintings.
After graduating from OCA, Alli moved out west to get married and took a break from her painting career to settle into her new home and raise a family. She has now lived in Whistler for over 25 years with her husband and two children.
Alli's days are filled with spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors and looking for creative inspiration. Alli works from her studio in Whistler, BC. Her works can be found at Art Junction Gallery, Whistler and in many private collections across Canada.