DALLAS (KDAF) — You might have seen some of Alli Koch’s designs all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fun on the Run’s Yolonda Williams has and wanted to see what the inspiration was behind her designs.

How did you get started doing this?

“I think I was meant to be doing this. It was a tough struggle. I couldn’t find a job right outside of college. I was down on myself, [thinking] like, ‘Oh my gosh. What am I going to do?’ So I started painting canvases for my friends and family. And long story short, seven years later, I’m now painting on buildings, on the sides of walls. I have eight published books to help other people learn how to draw and paint. It’s been a true blessing.”

Why have you chosen to paint in black and white?

“That’s my pocket. That’s what I love. Some people are drawn to color; I am drawn to the textures and the big contrasts that black and white has. I do have some murals that do pops of color here and there, but if I have the choice. Like this mural that she gave me the choice. We’re painting in Solomon’s Art Studio and she was like, ‘Hey do your thing.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, I’m doing my thing, a black and white inspirational quote.’ It’s my jam.”

Do you have a favorite piece?

“That’s hard. That’s like asking, ‘Who is your favorite child?’ No, it’s hard. Either or; they all have their same feel, but also they have different stories to them so it’s hard to pick a favorite. I think my favorite right now is my ‘Be You’ mural. My very first mural that I did was a ‘Be You’ mural. It’s kind of what sparked the inspiration of inspirational quotes and black and white florals. I was like, ‘This is what I love to do.’ And it kind of popped off from there.

WATCH the video player above for the full interview with AlliKDesign. For more of Alli’s work, visit her website and Instagram.