Hey Guys! It's been a minute. I'm a pretty terrible blogger (obviously) but I    wanted to come over here to tell you about a cool event I'm involved in this coming week. For those who don't know, Pakke is an event experience that connects people, places, art and special environments in an effort to connect and interact in our great city, DC. This special event is all about the olfactory sense-- your sense of smell. To be precise, this Pheromone Party will be a fun night engaging with the sense of smell and attraction. I    have created five special pieces to display at this event that I    hope to auction off with proceeds going to the ACLU in efforts to fight in the resistance and keep families together! If you live in the DC area, make sure to check out the link to buy tickets! Thanks so much for stopping by (on the occasion that I'm here), and I    hope to see you at the party! 

Nora Avelleyra 




Do you love the sense of smell and the mystery of instinctual attraction? Does the smell of people you love drive you mad? We are throwing a party with a live experiment — featuring you + the art and science behind this intriguing sense of attraction.

Art and OCD

     Phew! I’m still recovering from what an awesome time I  had at the EALDC's spring party last night! Thanks to everyone who came out and checked out this cool event.

     And now on to something a bit more personal. As some of you may already know, or not know, I have OCD. It doesn’t really manifest itself in the way that it does for characters in movies or tv shows, which is something most OCD sufferers would probably agree with me on. However, one facet of my OCD is perfectionistic and black and white thinking. This could mean that some areas of my life need to be one-hundred-percent-everything-all-at-once-perfect other wise what's the point?! As you can probably imagine, this isn’t the most effective way of living life and I work hard (with a great team of mental health professionals) to combat that way of thinking and living. You may be wondering where I’m going with this, but hear me out. 

     Painting is a place where it’s okay to make mistakes. Painting exists in life’s great grey expanse. When I  am painting, I feel freer to experiment than any other part of my life. I  feel the least risk averse. I  can’t say this was always the case, but as I’ve worked to evolve in other parts of my OCD life, painting has been as safe place for me to relax. I  find this to be most markedly true in my more recent collected which allows me to explore color within the confines of geometric shapes. 

     I  never really thought about art as therapy for me, but I    think it's clear that my easel provides a therapeutic place for me to go and feel both relaxed and invigorated. 

That's all for now, Thanks a bunch for stopping by


       Hi there and welcome! I thought I’d start sharing a little bit more about my process (and me!) in this blog series. Who knows how long it will last but I figure why not give it a try. I’ll start by introducing myself to those who don’t know me. I’m Nora, a 28 year old painter who lives and works Washington DC. I was born in this city and love it so much. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love in a city I also love so much. As other locals know, we had a spring snowstorm that dashed many hopes that warmer weather was around the corner. I’m looking for light and spring colors on my palette!

       I seem to be on a roll when it comes to creating lately. The work just flows out of me quickly and I am making decisions fast and going with my gut. It feels really good to create a body of work that I identify with so much. The colors, the forms, the identity of each piece comes together almost seamlessly. This is not to say I haven’t made some “not safe for Instagram” pieces. There have absolutely been some creations that don’t make it to see the day of light because they are usually overworked and “tired”. Right now my work is playful, vibrant and whimsical, and it’s easy to take things too far suffocate them. I want my pieces to breathe and have a life.

     I’m curious how others are viewing my new work. What to do see? What does your brain make of the abstracted forms? Let me know!!

     Another note the Emerging Arts League of DC is having a party tomorrow and yours truly will be painting live with chance to win the piece in a raffle! It’s sure to be a fun night! It will be at the Edgeware Arts Center 3415 8th Street NE Washington DC 20017! Be there or be square! 7pm!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!