Alison was born in Westport on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. She grew up beside the Buller River and much of her subject matter is drawn from her life working on the rugged west coast land. Her creative practise continues to be firmly grounded in the history and culture of the coast, its land and its indigenous wildlife.
Her subjects also capture the often subtle relationships between people and place: the courage and strength of the pioneer women, horses, cattle and the men that worked them, and more recently native fish and the fragile ecosystems they inhabit. Alison’s strong, vibrant style reflects the richness and diversity of the coast.
Alison graduated from Otago School of Art in 1996, completing her BFA while helping to raise a family.
She works from an established studio located in the old courthouse building, one of Reefton’s prize historic buildings. Visitors are welcome.
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
Alison’s work is represented in the following Galleries:
– Hale Gallery: Reefton, NZ
-Coolstore Gallery, Mapua
-Atkins Gallery :Dowsons Arcade, 34 Bridge Street, Nelson, NZ
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