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Originally from Co Fermanagh, N.Ireland, Alison has lived in Edinburgh now for over 20 years. She been exhibiting seriously for more than 10 years and her work is in private collections throughout the UK and further afield, including that of Michael McIntyre, the comedian. Paintings have been selected for the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) and RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) annual exhibitions. In addition she had a 35-piece sell out solo exhibition, ‘Breathing Space’, in Enniskillen followed with a second in London.
She takes much inspiration from the natural world. Landscapes and seascapes under weather-laden skies are a favourite. She says of her work:
“I love that combination of dark sky and bright sunshine just before a downpour, or the hopefulness that bad weather has just passed.”
She approaches her paintings in a structured way, but then carries them forward intuitively:
“That way, every painting feels like an adventure – you never quite know where you're going to end up” .
Using a reduced palette, shapes, colours and patterns are simplified to create a level of abstraction. The texture in the work comes from using skewers, knives and sometimes collage, creating shifting dynamics within each piece.