Born in Wilmington, N.C . After graduating from college, Allison moved back to Charlotte and had a successful decorative painting career for 20 years. In 2008 , she began exploring her true passion and began studying oil painting under Andy Braitman and Susan Matthews . In January of 2011, she was selected to begin a three month artist in residency program at Braitman Studio. She then began teaching Fundamentals 1, 2 and 3 at Braitman studio.
"Because I love to express myself through art, the landscapes I paint are the places that cause me to take a deep breath... that take me away...that make me feel happy. My vision is to use color and texture to create a piece that can recreate that feeling...to give the viewer a “mini vacation”. The main inspiration for my work is the low country, but other areas I have traveled have provided great ideas as well such as Vancouver, San Francisco, and Napa."
"I create color and texture driven paintings on a medium to large scale. My work has an impasto style and and a great deal of knife work. I appreciate beautiful brush strokes and am striving to combine all these elements in my finished pieces. It is a joy and a challenge to experiment with color, and I do so by switching between a full palate and a limited palate. I usually begin a piece with a colored under painting and my goal is a achieve a derivative abstract interpretation of my landscape or still life. As a painting progresses, sometimes happy accidents create interest that could not been planned and materials such a turpentine can blur edges of reality
"Painting is therapy.... now that I have begun
putting it on canvas , I do not ever want to stop."