Alison is a full time artist and lives in the West End of Glasgow where she has her studio. She was born in 1955 and studied at Glasgow School of Art in the mid 70’s. She has taught for many years in Ayrshire, Glasgow and until recently, North Lanarkshire. Over the years she has generated considerable interest in her work through exhibiting locally and nationally, working on private commissions, commercial contracts with interior designers and architects and on a variety of community projects in schools. Alison’s first solo show for Rowan Gallery ‘A Walk in the Woods’ was a tremendous success and she is one of our most sought-after artists.
I paint a range of subjects in an impasto, semi-abstract style and the environment around me is a constant source of inspiration. My paintings are generally not representative of specific locations and tend to be a mixture of elements that I feel work well together. I am more interested in how to use bold colour, composition and heavy texture to create dramatic images. I try to capture a sense of depth and atmosphere through the use very thick paint, vibrant, contrasting colours, light and shade. I rarely use brushes, preferring the use of palette knives to apply thickened paint in stages, building up the structure and texture over a period of time.