Mini Interview with ALAINA VARRONE: Your childhood ambition: Veterinarian. Something you treasure: My Japanese Chin, Patina. Your worst habit: I double-dip. The aspect of your work that’s most important to you: I’m more concerned with creating characters and telling stories than being the best technically. Your first job: Floor help at a bohemian boutique at 15. I vowed to never work a retail job ever again. Someone whose work you highly recommend: My homeboy Mark Hall-Patch. His narrative paintings are incredibly insightful and inspiring. View Alaina Varrone’s work here.