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Alison has always had a creative career, originally training to be a ballet teacher, she changed her subject to fine art following encouragement from her parents to join the family business. Alison spent fifteen years managing and subsequently owning a contemporary gallery and arts centre in Wimborne Minster, Dorset where she also taught both the adult and children's courses.

In 2009 she gave it all up to pursue her ambition of studying for a degree in Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth, where she graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours.
She uses her countryside home and her own family history to inspire her, but Alison is also influenced by film, theatre and song lyrics.

Alison’s ever-growing portfolio includes regular demonstrations and workshops for the Society for All Artists, a company who have produced a number of DVD and television tutorials with her. Alongside her digital tuition, Alison runs a comprehensive range of workshops, courses and painting weekends from her studio at Downend Farm, and can be booked to demonstrate for Art Societies or for private tuition. She has recently expanded internationally to include painting holidays.

When Alison isn’t teaching, she can be found surrounded by the beautiful Dorset landscape, sketching and photographing with her husband Richard and her two Jack Russells, Riley & Troy.


Experience

2017
Tutor & Organiser of a mixed media painting holiday with Andalucia Painting Holidays, Spain
Guest demonstrator and tutor for Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club, Guernsey
Guest demonstrator for Chapel Cottage Studio, Abergavenny

2016 - present
Guest demonstrator for the Hochanda television channel (Sky and Freeview)

2016
Sole demonstrator and presenter, 'Brusho...and Beyond'' DVD for the SAA

2015 – present
Full-time freelance fine artist and art tutor
Guest Artist for the Society for All Artists

2015
Regular contributor for the Painting and Drawing Channel (Sky)
Demonstrator for Derwent with the SAA, 'All About Art,’ Islington

2014
Sole demonstrator and presenter, 'Experimental Watercolours' DVD for the SAA
Featured artist on 'Fraser and Friends', the Painting & Drawing Channel (Sky)
Demonstrator for the SAA , 'All About Art', Islington

2013 – 2015
Gallery Shop Manager at Walford Mill Crafts


Selected exhibitions

2016
Solo exhibition 'The View from the Hill,' Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch
Dorset Art Weeks, open studio, Downend Farm Studio, Stourpaine

2014
Dorset Art Weeks, open studio, Downend Farm Studio, Stourpaine

2013
30 days hath September, opening event featuring an artistic event every day for 30 days


Group exhibitions

2017
Artemis, St. Stephen's Church, Pamphill

2016
Pythouse Kitchen Garden, Tisbury
Autumn Mix, Allendale House, Wimborne

2015
Artemis, St. Stephen's Church, Pamphill
All A-Board Artists, Downend Farm Studio, Stourpaine

2014
Collaborations, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne


Education

2013
BA(Hons) Fine Art, Arts University Bournemouth – First Class Honours

2009
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Arts University Bournemouth - Distinction