Model Spotlight: Liliane Avalos
Liliane Avalos, a Leo born and raised in South Texas, USA
I have called Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia my home now for the last year and I’m currently traveling chasing my dreams. I have been a visual artist for as long as I could lift a crayon and a model since 2012. Shortly after graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos I started modeling as a fine art figure model as one of my many hustles. At the time I was living in Austin, TX modeling as a live art model posing for paintings and drawings for 3 hour sessions. I started art modeling with the Austin Visual Arts Association, The Art School at Laguna Gloria, and expanded out to other public and private art groups in Central Texas. During this time I met a lot of charming older professional artist as well as young and aspiring. Being a visual artist myself it was moments after moments of deeper inner self-reflection when in the presences of other creatives. Being inspired and a muse, living on both sides of the canvas and art history it’s truly an incomparable occasion. Some of my favorite portraits painted have been by Eve Larson and Ian Schultz, two great painters with two totally different approaches to mark making. In 2015 I moved back home to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I had to put a hard pause on my art modeling, mostly because the art community was not as active as in Austin, TX. So instead I continued to explore my career possibilities and became a teacher. I taught English to 1st and 2nd grade students and later taught Art to High school for a short while. Although yes, of course this was definitely a rewarding and noble career choice with a stable income… I was not feeling fulfilled. In all honesty, I was drained emotionally and physically everyday and my stress levels were nerve wrecking. My body and mind never felt rested, I wasn’t eating healthy, and so I got sick easily. I really had to ask myself, “Is this really how you want to feel everyday, until retirement?” The obvious answer was, “Hell no!” Not being married, no kids, and living with my parents made it that much easier to up and go, thankfully. It was a no brainer when my then friend and now boyfriend invited me to move out to Bali, Indonesia in June 2018. I don’t think that anyone one of my family members believed that I was serious because hell, at moments even I didn’t believe myself. Fast forward a year later, I’m happier than ever. I have little to nothing to complain about, I’m living on my time and making moves happen by my own ambition. Since moving to Bali I have shown in two art shows, painted my first art mural, and have worked with lots of amazing photographers. As I’m writing this, I’m currently in Oahu, Hawaii where I spent my 30th birthday, attempting to learn how to surf, and continue to hustle up work as a full-time freelance visual artist and model. Next moves will be to Tokyo, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia then back to Bali, Indonesia.
Chasing my dreams and forever living by Erma Bombeck’s quote, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.