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My work is an expression of a very personal view of the colors, textures, shapes, and patterns of the landscape, both rural and urban.
I paint mostly with acrylics, which I also like to combine with other media, such as oil pastels, watercolor pencils, charcoal, pastels, and collage.
My working method is to begin with photos and sketches, but once I start on the painting I work intuitively, and allow the piece to develop naturally. I concentrate on balancing the design elements that interest me, such as color, tone, and line, and let the work speak for itself.
My inspiration comes from the abstract shapes and patterns I see in the natural world, and I use layers of color and texture through which to explore my subject. In my current work, I use line and a variety of expressive mark making to capture the movement and rhythms of organic structures.
I grew up in England and attended art school there, and the bold and colorful contemporary abstract landscape paintings of English and Scottish artists are still among my strongest influences.
Alison Newman is an award-winning artist who grew up in England and has lived in the US for many years. She studied art in England, and has work in private and corporate collections in the US and UK.
Alison works in a variety of media, including acrylic painting, collage, printmaking, and fiber art. She regularly experiments with different techniques and media to keep her work evolving and interesting. Alison finds inspiration from many sources, particularly the shapes, colors, textures, and patterns of the rural and urban landscape. The English countryside continues to feature regularly in her work.
Alison is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in the US and UK, and has been represented by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since 2004.