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Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, nothing’s stopping her. As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up.”
Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, with encouragement from her husband and daughter, in 2007 Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing. It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program. After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits. Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.
Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils! She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work and still be able to get to class every week. This was the beginning of her love affair with oils and the palette knife. Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and made remarkable progress in a very short time.
Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s no surprise that Mallo’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature. It turns out that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!