In the Easy Chair with Alicia Piccolo

In the Easy Chair with Alicia Piccolo



AGE: 46.

OCCUPATION: Visual artist/painter located in South Studio 12 at The Velvet Mill and graphic designer for Ocean House Management Collection.

RESIDENCE:  Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Bradford.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Painting four paintings and working on spring and summer print design projects for Ocean House Management properties.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Painting in my studio, listening and dancing to live music with my friends, and being out in nature for inspiration.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Really committing to painting again after years of setting it aside, and putting it out in the world.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Inspiring people to do what they love and being compassionate.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To spend some quality time with Mother Nature in a national park.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A list.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An artist and a therapist.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My father, Greg Piccolo.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Pema Chödrön.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and “The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle  

I AM LISTENING TO: My intuition.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Wizard of Oz.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Modern Family.”

FAVORITE SONG: This week it’s “Magic Hour” by Aoife O’Donovan.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Pizza.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Instagram and Facebook.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: A good sense of humor.

PET PEEVE: When someone pronounces my name as a-LISH-a (“lish” rhymes with “dish”) when they know my name isn’t pronounced that way.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The amazing music that is part of our town and the amazing music that passes through.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  My cat, Sammy.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I drove across country in three days when I was in my 20s.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Choose simplicity.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Go easy on yourself and treat yourself like you would treat your best friend.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Remove violence.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Paint full-time.

I DRIVE A: Black 2002 VW Jetta.

I WISH I DROVE A: Racing green Mini Cooper.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Poland Spring water, eggs and lots of empty space.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE:  My mother, Patty Piccolo, and my grandmother, Virginia Kay.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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