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Artist Bio


Alyssa Blessing DeVille, a native to Southern California, spent her entire childhood in the beautiful city of Claremont, the city of trees. Excelling in art at an early age pushed her further north to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration at California College of Art, San Francisco. In her last year of undergrad she, unfortunately, discovered large-scale, indirect oil painting and heartlessly abandoned her dream of working for Pixar to explore personal themes of an enigmatic nature. Under the mentorship of several world renowned illustrators, she graduated top in her class with numerous academic awards and moved across the country to obtain her Masters at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Within the first two weeks of her new life she met her now husband, Sterling Shaw, a practicing painter in his own right, who helped her navigate the rocky transition from illustrator to fine artist.


Alyssa has exhibited work at The Society of Illustrators in New York, The Jonathan Levine Projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Philadelphia’s beloved Gross McCleaf gallery to name a few. Her paintings have been privately collected and commissioned by numerous patrons across the United States.

Alyssa resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Painter Sterling Shaw, their 4-year-old son, Odilon, and their cat, Easel. In addition to maintaining a studio practice and discovering the joys and horrors of motherhood Alyssa is an educator in the arts.

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