Alison was born in 1967 in the West of England and came to Australia with her husband in 1998, settling in Alice Springs in 2000. After completing a BA and a PhD in English Literature, some Uni lecturing and a stint in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, she found her niche in school teaching, which she has pursued in a range of situations for the last fifteen years or so. She currently teaches English and Media Studies and manages the Arts and Humanities Faculty at the local senior college. Although growing up she always drew, she gave up art as a school subject when she was 13 and her formal training since then has been confined to occasional workshops. She didn’t start to paint until coming to Australia and, after a short period working with acrylics, she quickly moved to oils, her favourite medium. She has recently enjoyed experimenting with pastels, mixed media and sculpture, particularly for portraiture and figure studies. ‘I like to paint personalities, the fleeting moods and underlying temperaments. These might be people, camels, car wrecks or skies. Forms fascinate me too, their weight and balance. I’m interested in how light works to shape both personality and form. The quality of the light in Central Australia still astounds me after years here.’ Career Highlights 2002 Began exhibiting with Leaping Lizard’s Gallery, Alice Springs 2006 Chroma Encouragement Award for first time entrant, Advocate Art Award 2007 People’s Choice Award, Advocate Art Award 2007 Founding member of Studio 12, artists’ collective gallery, Alice Springs 2008 ‘Faces’ Section Award, Advocate Art Award 2008 Acquisition Award, Portrait of a Senior Territorian 2009 Studio 12, Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs 2010 Dapple Things, Solo Exhibition Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs

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