Meet Alyssa Banks, Peer Support Specialist at Leading Families Home. She works at Beach House Family Shelter with our kids through groups and programs to help them learn about emotions, exploring art, and becoming healthy, happy adults.

Hi, my name is Alyssa Banks. I’m a Peer Support Specialist. My job at the moment is working with the kids, and basically helping them find their voice but also who they are. I find that actually very enjoying to have a part in someone else’s life, definitely the younger generation.

About Alyssa’s Paintings

Doing my paintings, I find peace and relaxation from it, so it’s a de-stressor for me.

I created my paintings with acrylic paint. These paintings are under the medium of paint pouring. Obviously, you can see, no one is the same. That can definitely be said about any of the pieces I create, but any of the other pieces someone else creates under this medium.

It’s basically mixing paint with the priming medium and then just layering in a cup and then just dumping it out, and then letting it create itself.

I had a great time making these. I am glad it’s going to our great cause of #GivingTuesday Winter Wonderland auction. If you are interested, you have a chance to bid and get these. It benefits you, and also our great organization.

Tell Us About Your Latest Work

This one, this was a first on different accounts for me. This was my first time doing a monochrome black-and-white. I also used something called silicone oil to create the cells or the dots you see in there all were done on purpose.

This is basically saying that with black and white you get gray, so that comes across in the world, but also in our organization. No person or no story is the same. So I definitely will say that this was made for this auction to represent Beach House itself.

It’s definitely now one of my favorites, so I will remember this, but I’m happy that it’s going to a great cause.

This one, I just went for it. I had some input on what colors I should use. You can see a mix of many colors, but only four colors were used: black, white, blue, and yellow. And it created itself. That’s what I love about this, paint pouring: that it creates itself. You don’t have to do anything except tilt the canvas.

So anyone who is interested in getting these, it will benefit such a great cause that we do here – helping families find housing.

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