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Habitat is a collection of ten gouache paintings on panel and paper created by me, Allie Yacina, a Portland based artist. I’ve been a Portland resident since 2016 and have lived alone for the past three years.


To me, the work captures a very specific mood that is playful, nostalgic, and also bittersweet. Holding these multitudes is an important component that I continue to attempt to portray in my work. The experience of living alone can be both freeing and lonely. 


I’ve found the way for me to explore these conflicting moods is through painting everyday ephemeral happenings using a saturated, complementary color palette. The happenings I’m interested in can be quite simple: a cast shadow, smoke, a candle in the wind, a phase of the moon, etc. To me these things are so delightful and temporary and there’s a sadness in that. I love the bittersweetness of a temporary thing. 

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Allie is an artist, illustrator, teacher and designer residing in Portland, OR since 2016. Her work explores color and sense of place through traditional and digital media. Her paintings have been shown in local galleries and her illustrations have been published in editorials as well as limited edition poster prints for clients such as the Portland Parks Foundation and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. Recently her work was selected for the Society of Illustrators 65th annual show in the editorial and book category.


Allie is teaching sketchbook classes at Ulna Studios and works full-time as an illustrator and designer for a local mobile game developer.

Open for work! Please email for illustration commissions or other opportunities.

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