This year 2021, I made the decision to work more methodically and, mainly due to the lockdown situation, more locally. I live in a fantastic location for big Oxfordshire skies and I love the openness and space here. From the beginning of January, I created drawings outside in my local landscape and then used these back in my studio to inspire new works on paper, canvas, board and cardboard. I have worked in pastel on site and in my studio as well as acrylic and oil paint. My Artweeks exhibition is a culmination of these local drawing expeditions where I have been awed by the changing light and colours especially of dawn and dusk. The colour pink has featured highly as a result of some of the magnificent sunsets we have had and I have taken this on as a colour of uplift and hope. It has underpinned these recent works and is the colour I have used as my first layer of paint in almost all these pieces. I hope you enjoy this series of works which are embedded in the connection we have with the natural world and especially the Oxfordshire landscape. They are about the comfort and hope many of us have received in the consistency and beauty of nature's ability to renew and foster life, especially during these difficult times we've been living through.
You can come and visit this expansive landscape for yourself this year and see my work in the place it has been inspired by and created! I will have strict covid regulations in place and will only be admitting members of one household at a time by appointment. I will be setting up an appointment system so you can book your place, nearer the exhibition opening so keep watching this space!
Alison lives in Oxfordshire surrounded by expansive skies. Her work is inspired by our connection with the natural world and its effect upon us. When not living under lockdown conditions, Alison makes regular trips to the coast, especially Devon and Cornwall where she takes her pastels and paints to the sea and makes energetic, gestural drawings and paintings, recording not only what she can see and hear but also the feelings of euphoria evoked. When she returns to her studio, these drawings act like a memory of the experience and she uses them not only for visual reference but to call upon the energy drawn from being outside in these awe producing places. Her website https://www.alisonberrettartist.com/ is divided into 'land' and 'sea' as a way to differentiate between the different elements of her practice and to demonstrate her strong connection with both. Alison is a also teacher and mentor and has most recently worked as the Manager of The Art Room in Oxford which has now sadly closed. However, Alison now dedicates her time fully to her creative practice and is committed to exhibiting and selling her work more widely. Her work is energetic, animated, empowering and envokes the life giving joy that hovers within nature waiting to be released!
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