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Artist of the Week: Wais Ali

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Wais Ali: All my life. I graduated from the IDA institute Djibouti Artist in 2006. I like acrylic paint.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
First, I paint the background. Next, I draw the detail.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
My home, East Africa.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
I like beauty, nature and Middle Eastern foods.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
I can't say yes or no. All my artwork is extremely special to me.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
It’s given me a wonderful outlet. It makes me feel accomplished.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
I'm an artist at Pike Place Market. You can see my original artwork at Pike Place Market and my Etsy,

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
My plan is to keep painting and work hard. I'm glad to be an artist at Pike Place Market to sell my artwork since 2014.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
Sometimes — really I'm not a coffee guy.