BIO of MICHAEL AARON MCALLISTER


Have you ever been scared to fly on a plane? Me too! Back in 1999 I had two flights in front of me and no Xanax. I don’t really drink so I had to find something to keep my mind and OCD at bay. 

I have these…

BFA---Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, 1995---Ceramics
MFA---Washington University School of Fine Art, 1997---Ceramics

…but you can’t take clay on the plane now, can you?  So began my career in Embroidery. 

Stuffing skeins into a nice bag is deliciously easy and very comforting. I am 100% self-taught and my portraits are 100% hand-made and one of a kind. This is important to me because at the end of the day we everyone of us DO like nice things.

Since 1999 I have been featured in multiple magazines, exhibitions, workshops, talks and festivals around the country. My prolificness has led to an Embarrassment of Riches and in the year 2017 I will have completed my 300th portrait.

Today, I sit upon a tufted settee in my gilded sweatshop just blocks from Downtown St. Louis with my husband, photographer, Bill Elliott and our three Pugs where I create these highly encrusted and cheeky portraits of the Rich and Famous.

Marie-Antoinette

​9.5 Inches x 16.5 Inches/Quilt/2006

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to be fueled by equal parts, audacity, OCD and French Roast.