Alison studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and then qualified as an art teacher. She has spent the last thirty years teaching, raising a family, being an artist-in-residence, leading workshops and, for the last five years, managing The Art Room in Oxford – a therapeutic space for young people. Alongside, Alison has developed her own practice, exhibiting in London and Oxfordshire and winning several prizes, including The Pastel Society’s Unison Pastels Non-members’ Prize in February 2020. Alison has work in a number of private collections, including Wolfson College Oxford, and is an associate artist with Unison Pastels.
Alison’s work is inspired by elements of landscape, seascape, colour and mark-making:
‘I am fascinated by our relationship with the natural world and its effects on our mental, physical and spiritual selves. Living in Oxfordshire, with the Cotswolds nearby, I am surrounded by expansive skies, space and stunning landscapes. I am particularly excited by dramatic landscapes and the power of natural elements, including weather and light, within them. I grew up by the coast and also love to be near the sea to draw and paint. Using gestural marks, I work intuitively, capturing the colour, movement and mood of what I see, hear and feel. Back at my studio, I gather the collection of drawings and let memories of the experience flood back. The visceral process of drawing on site fixes the experience in my body and memory, and feels honest and powerful. I then create new drawings, paintings or collages that take on abstract elements as I play with composition, colour and mark-making. The resulting artworks retain their connection to the original drawings, but take on new metaphorical meanings as I reflect on my relationship with the place they were created and the effect it had on me. I love being an artist’.
And we love Alison’s work and are delighted to feature a selection at Coastal Gallery
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