Alison was born in Adelaide into a creative family of musicians and artists. As a child she would draw on any paper she could find and her father, an engineering draughtsman, would bring home large rolls of discarded mechanical drawings on which his children could draw on the back.
In secondary school, given subject options, Alison always chose the course which offered Art and her first ‘commission’ was in her final year to design and paint a large semicircular panel on the landing of a staircase leading to the second floor of the high school.
She was awarded a Leaving Teaching Scholarship and subsequently studied at the SA School of Art and Western Teachers College (now part of UniSA) for three years.
Alison taught Visual Arts in various secondary public and private city and country schools, which extended over a period of twenty eight years. She taught predominantly drawing, painting, design, lettering, print-making, ceramics, sculpture and some batik, leatherwork, weaving and jewellery.
In between those years Alison spent two years travelling and working around the world. This included designing leather coats in Istanbul for a small leather shop and in London seeking out publishers to print a children’s story book called ‘Bartimaeus’ which she had illustrated in her spare time before leaving Australia.
Whilst teaching at Faith Lutheran College Alison took the opportunity of participating in the College musicals performed in the professionally appointed Brenton Langbein Theatre as Scenic Artist from 1998. She was the chief Scenic Artist for all their musical productions since the theatre was opened.
Under her direction at Faith College as a teacher of Visual Arts or as Scenic Artist, Alison has mentored students who have subsequently followed professions in art-house film making, dress designing, set designing, or as professional artists or art teachers.
The experience of reproducing art works on a large scale in the theatre gave Alison the expertise to accept the offer in 2014 of designing and painting the 150th Springton Anniversary Artwork measuring 12 x 3 metres, funded by Country Arts, the Barossa Council and the Springton Progress Association. She collaborated with sculptor Trent Manning who applied the metal elements included in the mural design. Local volunteers assisted in the painting of the art work as well as some selected Springton Primary School students.
Since her official retirement from Faith College in 2011 Alison has continued to actively pursue her own art work full time, in mainly acrylic and oil painting, including some collage. Most of her artworks aim to make a statement by using symbolism. Her work is stylized and basically representational and she enjoys linking lines and shapes which are emphasised by strong textures and colour.
Alison’s art works can be found in Canberra, Wollongong, Washington DC, Sheffield, London and Zurich, Switzerland.