From April 2nd - mid May I have a solo exhibition called "My Bathybic Heart" at Carey Blyth Gallery, 8 Woodstock Road, Oxford. Gallery opens Tues - Sat 11 - 5pm.
Inspired by elements of landscape, seascape, colour and mark making, I am fascinated by our relationship with the natural world and its effects on our mental, physical and spiritual selves. I get excited by dramatic landscapes and the power of natural elements like weather and light. Living in Oxfordshire I am surrounded by expansive skies and space with the beautiful Cotswold landscape nearby and I love it. However, I grew up by the coast and I regularly need to be near the sea so I go to favourite destinations, usually Devon and Cornwall, to draw and paint. My favourite materials and equipment for this are a set of Unison Pastels, a couple of sketchbooks and a few sticks of graphite or charcoal. Using gestural marks I work intuitively, capturing the colour, movement and mood of what I am seeing, hearing and feeling. When I come back to my studio I gather this collection of drawings and upon opening my sketchbooks always feel a thrill of excitement as the memories flood back. The process of drawing on site fixes the experience in my body and memory and having them to work from feels powerful and honest. The new drawings in pastel, or paintings and collages I create, take on abstract elements as I play with the composition, colours and marks. They retain their connection to the original drawings but sometimes take on new metaphorical meanings as I have time to reflect throughout the process, upon my relationship with the place they were created and the effect it has had on me. I work small and large and I like to have several pieces on the go simultaneously.
Alison Berrett trained in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design. Graduating in 1991, she
completed her PGCE at Exeter University moving to Oxfordshire in 1994 where she maintained
her teaching practice at Cheney School and has since accumulated many years of experience as a visiting teacher, artist in residence and workshop leader. As well as pursuing her practice as an artist, she has been artist-in-residence and then manager at The Art Room Oxford.
Alison now teaches two children's classes at Sunningwell School of Art and is a full-time painter working from her studio at home in Oxfordshire.