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FINE ARTIST

SPRINGDALE, UTAH

ARTIST STATEMENT

My encaustic and mixed media paintings are nature-based abstractions exploring the elegant interconnectivity of all living things. Using encaustic, oils, collage, and drawing, I merge representational forms with abstract elements. Plants, trees, birds, animals have long served as symbols and archetypes in the human imagination, and my creative work strives to share the concept of Biophilia, the innate human love of nature, as described by biologist E.O. Wilson. Using a varied and organic process with media, technique and subject matter, there's a fluid evolution of themes and iconography in my work. I seek a poetic middle ground, where elements and references become abstract, whisper suggestions, and transition into a mysterious realm: nuanced, intriguing, unknown.
 

EXHIBITIONS

2024   Arts Thrive Exhibition, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM 

2023   Artist in Residence (Fall), Zion National Park, UT
          Gallery Artists Show, Juniper Sky Gallery, Kayenta Art Village, St George, UT 
          Arts Thrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          Pop Up Art Show, JoyCraftDesign, Springdale, UT 
2022  Botanical Abstractions, Springdale Library, Springdale, UT
          Select Encaustic Paintings, Cafe Soleil Zion, Springdale, UT
          Love & Biophilia in the Desert (Solo exhibition), Zion Community Center, Springdale, UT
          The Crow Show, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA
2021  Anonymous Art Show, North Van Arts, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
          A Calling of Birds, Elisabeth Jones Art Space, Portland, OR
          Out of Hibernation, Gallery Artists Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
2020  Arts Thrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque NM
          15th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM
          Confluence: PLANT/LIFE (Solo exhibition), Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Encompass Group Show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2019  Biophilia: Our True Nature (Solo exhibition), Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          14th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          20 Year Anniversary Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Arts Thrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          Luanem Gallery Group Show, Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM
          April Price Projects Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
          Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM          
          Summer Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Spring Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Corrales Bosque Gallery, Guest Artist, Corrales, NM
2018  December Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          13th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Gateway to Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
          Solo Exhibition, Heritage Gallery, Albuquerque Academy, NM 
          Abstract Catalyst 5, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR
          Global Warming is Real, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM
          Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
          Collected, Encompass Gallery Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2017  11th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Small Works Exhibition, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM
2016  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
          Sole/Soul: Mixed Media Work, Dr. Haas Podiatry Office, Albuquerque, NM
2015  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2013  Collect 10, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2012  New Mexico Showcase, 516 ARTS Downtown, Albuquerque, NM
2011  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2010  Albuquerque NOW - Fall, Albuquerque Museum, NM
2009  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2007  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2006  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2005  12X12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2003  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2000  NM Art Therapy Association Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1999  NM Art Therapy Association Show, Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1997  Openings to the Underworld, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
1996  Art Therapy Graduating Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1995  Anatomy of Solitude, China Phoenix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1988  Women’s Shelter, Environmental Design Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Recent Art Graduates, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Art Graduates, Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Graduating Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB, Canada
          Women’s Show, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Survey Alberta ’88, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada

ARTIST BIO
Alison grew up in an outdoorsy, nature-loving family in Calgary, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. After traveling around the world for several years, she earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in Art Therapy. After working in outdoor experiential education and as an art therapist, Alison taught art at a leading college preparatory school for almost twenty years in New Mexico. She has a deep appreciation for the transformative and healing power of both nature and art. 
Alison moved to Springdale, Utah in 2022 so she could live by Zion, make art and explore the desert Southwest. She was the Artist in Residence at Zion National Park in the Fall of 2023. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, and is in private collections across the United States and Canada. 

 

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