Shaping Her Destiny

- March 9, 2012

"A Book Signing and Conversation with Destiny Allison..."

“Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in Art and Life” is a new book by multi-talented artist Destiny Allison, who will have a reading and conversation with bestselling author, Ted Orland on Friday, March 16 at Collected Works at 6 p.m.

“Shaping Destiny” is the story of Allison's life from the first sculpture she created as a frustrated housewife to her first major show at a prominent Santa Fe gallery.  Allison says what needs to be said about the struggle between who we are and who we're told we should be.  She expresses raw physicality without being crass, real emotion without sentiment and intellectualism without pretention.  Her journey reveals the ways in which our art and our lives are irrevocably intertwined.

Through an eloquent and gripping narrative, “Shaping Destiny” illuminates the creative process.  It demonstrates new ways of thinking and talking about art, and establishes that being an artist is about more than making art.  It is about honesty, drive and the determination to discover and share oneself. 

Of Allison’s book, Orland has said, "The closest literary fellow traveler to ‘Shaping Destiny’ that comes to mind is ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’.  ‘Shaping Destiny’ puts a finger on some important truths about the interaction between life and art – including the painful and difficult parts –  and lays bare those truths with courage and conviction."

A Santa Fe native, Allison is a full-time artist.  Her work is collected by public institutions and private individuals across the country and abroad.  In addition to her numerous awards for excellence in sculpture, she was recently named Santa Fe Professional Business Woman of the Year for her work supporting artists and building community at La Tienda at Eldorado.  She is represented by Winterowd Fine Art on Canyon Road and by Destiny Allison Fine Art in Eldorado.