Alison originally from Sheffield, she moved down to the Midlands 6 years ago and now lives in Kenilworth, She gained a BA Hons degree at Sheffield University and is also a qualified nurse.
Her work reflects experiences, which explores the power of nature and layers of inter-connectivity; anatomy and mortality; and the fragility of life. She loves to create work that is decorative and surreal, feminine and sometimes sculptural.
Alison layers her paint, building gestural marks. The Impressionists used the technique to create optical colour mixes –look at a close-up of a Monet’s“Haystack”.Shape, line, and tonal values of colour create an effect beyond the façade.
Her work is not limited to one particular subject although cityscapes landscapes do dominate her work. Her favourite tools are palette knives, trowels and scrapers and large brushes she prefers working in acrylic and/or oil paints but works in ink and watercolours are not rare. She loves experimenting with colour transparencies and textures. She applies media mostly on canvas or board.Recently her work has become more interested in the mood, emotion and atmosphere of a place and less about detail, typical woman hey!
Balance in paintings attracts her, as long as the work does not become static. Light or the lack of it is important too. Colour preferences change as colours affects her mood and her mood influences her choice of colours.
She usually begins a piece by studying parts of the subject matter and then move on to study the whole; when she knows the subject she lets her imagination loose and lets the painting guide her; slowly the painting l takes a life of its own. Sometimes she finishes a painting in a few days, others it takes months, and sometimes she leaves it there half finished and continue only when she knows what to do next. She considers a painting ready when there is nothing more she can add and nothing more she can take away, when there is nothing left to interact with.
When people look at her work, she likes to give them the possibility of seeing everyday things through a new perspective.
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