christine allison in her studio

Every painting has its own pulse, its own vibration, its own energy. I am just the hand that makes it felt.

Christine Allison ~ Artist

At work in her Lyme Regis studio Christine explores ways of bringing together her passion for drawing, oil painting and colour with new subject matter.

I spent 8 years obsessed with painting birds of prey, they demanded my creative attention and took me to meet wonderful people and have interesting adventures in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain. The birds touch something deep within me, I am in awe of them, they still call me but other subjects are calling too.

My love of nature and my garden studio, which is just a stone’s throw from the sea, inspired another set of new work. I am surrounded by plants and colours and patterns, which appear on my canvasses like intensely rich tapestries or semi-abstract textile designs.

Equally the human figure has never been far from my consciousness. I trained at St. Martin’s School of Art in London and The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture – both wonderful, creative places where I learned to draw and paint from life. The figure regularly returns to my canvas.

Now it is the sky. I have been drawing and painting the sky almost daily for months now, it has become my obsession. It isn’t a new theme, my 2005 sketchbook has ‘don’t let the dawn start without me’ scrawled across the first page. I was drawing the sky daily then and creating abstract paintings.

This new work is often abstracted, gestural, energetic – frenetic even. The sky gives me every opportunity to be expressive. The darker and more moody the better.

My challenge is to paint from the real and physical but find the metaphysical; the energy of the bird, human, plant, sky or colour. Not just what is seen but what is felt.

I want my paintings to be curious, real yet not real, inspiring, uplifting and beautiful.


© Photograph by Anthea Simmons