I was born in Westport, West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I spent my childhood living and playing  beside the Buller River.  My subject matter is drawn from my  life working on the rugged west coast land and working with horses. My creative practice continues to be firmly grounded in the history and culture of the coast, its land and its indigenous wildlife.

With my subjects I try to capture the often subtle relationships between people and place: the courage and strength and my admiration of the pioneer women. The movement and grace of the horse,  and the men and woman that worked them.

My interest in native fish and the fragile ecosystems they inhabit also feature in my work and I try and reflect the richness and diversity of the coast in a strong vibrant style.

I graduated from Otago School of Art in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and established a studio located in the Reefton Courthouse, one of Reefton’s treasured historic buildings (circa 1872)
Visitors are welcome to visit when I am in residence by phoning 0272887498.

2008 “Reefton Arts Trio” Group exhibition. Left Bank Gallery Greymouth
2008 “Above and Below the Surface”: Group Exhibition, COCA Gallery, Christchurch

2007 ” Out of the Rain” 33 West Coast Artists,COCA Gallery Christchurch.
2007 “Sustainability”: Joint Exhibition, Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth
2006 “Where Rivers Meet”: Reflections Gallery, WOW Museum, Nelson

Alisons  Work is  represented in the

– Hale Gallery: Reefton,


2006 – Telecom Art Award  1st: West Coast/Buller
2002 – Hadley & Robinson Art Award : 1st Prize
2001 – Maurice Kerr Award : 1st Prize
2001 – Hadley & Robinson Art Award : 1st Prize
1998 – Tauranga National Art Award : 1st, Open Section
1998 – Telecom Art Award : 1st, West Coast