Bakersfield raised author driven by love and charity

Bakersfield raised author driven by love and charity

Aliza McCraken is not only an author, but a contributing member to the Bakersfield community

Elka Wyatt, Reporter

Aliza McCracken uses the universal messages of love, hope and faith to inspire through her art and writing.

A gifted artist and author, McCracken, a Vietnamese orphan, was adopted by an American family and raised in New York.

She began painting at the age of 4 and by age 15 had developed into a professional artist.

After attending Purchase School of Performing Arts, McCracken transferred to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she earned a degree in Fine Arts as well as a certificate in Visual Communications. She moved to Bakersfield in 1990 yet also resides in Santa Barbara.

According to, her website, McCracken’s creations are among the art of collectors around the world.

McCracken is also the author of six award-winning inspirational books.

“Artistic literacy has been a passion of mine and one that our culture is engaging in. At the heart of this work is the love I have for the written and visual language. My artwork affirms the beauty of who we are and what we are called to become,” said McCracken. “My purpose as an artist and author is to share human kindness for the enrichment of our community. Through my artistry, I am hoping you may experience the fine art of living. A poetic celebration of life and love. May you be inspired!”

McCracken said her family and friends provide inspiration for her. She feels blessed to have such wonderful relationships.

Asked what advice she has for aspiring artists and writers, McCracken said, “I would encourage discovering what makes your heart sing!”

Proceeds’ from the sales of McCracken’s works benefit several charities worldwide.

Among the numerous awards she has won are the United States Congressional Award, the Living Legends Award and the International Woman of the Year Award.

“Celebrations of Love,” an art exhibit will be held at The Arts Council of Kern; Access Centre, 1330 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield from Feb. 2-March 31, 2015. An artist reception and book signing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

McCracken’s books are available at Barnes and Noble, Russo’s Books and on the artist’s website.