Alison was born on the Wirral and moved to Manchester to train, qualify and work as an architect . She worked in private practice in commercial and residential sectors, moving back to the Wirral in 2016. This return also marked the return to her love of drawing and painting away from commercial demands. As Alison explains;
"I have had little time in my architectural career for painting but I have continued to draw and use watercolour. In the past couple of years I have become aware of the strong artistic community in the Wirral and I have been encouraged to experiment more with acrylics and oils. The intensity of colour in oils and potential transparency of acrylic has allowed me to explore deeper into my surroundings The resulting work reflects my fascination with the impact of the tides, changing weather patterns, the reflections on wet sand, sea and the famous West Kirby marine lake.”
Coupling her new found expression with the disciplines embedded as an architect brings a refreshing new perspective to the often painted Dee Estuary.
“Returning to the Wirral from inland Cheshire is like a breath of fresh air! I appreciate the coastal environment with a heightened awareness of light, colour and texture. It is a privilege to live here and to see how many people stop and stare at the ever changing seascape that is the Dee Estuary.”
I use different painting techniques, acrylics, oils and pastels, on board or canvas, to achieve the depth of colour, texture and/or opacity evoked by the landscape and light source.
The coastal environment of the Wirral - every changing weather, tides, seasons - reflections on calm seas, wet sand - layering of distant hills - perspective in the landscape - there is plenty to attract an enthusiastic artistic community in the Wirral.
Staacks of Talent Exhib of students' work Jan 2018
Staacks of Talent Exhib of students' work Jan 2019
West Kirby Arts Centre Feb 2019
Breath of Fresh Air Solo Exhibition Feb 2019
Deeside Art Group June 2019 Category Winner
Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Gallery Oct 2019
Staacks 10th Birthday Exhibition Oct 2019