About

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Biography

Allison is committed to, consults on and speaks about conservation and sustainability, Lagoon issues and local culture. She spends a large part of her time learning the ways of the North, the traditions of crabbing and net fishing, and documenting the slow demise of this unique environment. She is particularly fond of the islands of Isola Santa Cristina, Burano, Torcello, Mazzorbo and San Francesco del Deserto, and enjoys the winter months most, when locals are freer and more accessible, and the lagoon waters are calm and empty.

 

Allison paints and writes to celebrate and remember the Lagoon as it is now and as it once was, to capture her relationship with it and in some way contribute to its conservation and protection.

Allison studied Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, is a twice-published author, watercolour artist, and is grateful to have been introduced to oil painting by the artist,

John Kelly

Statement

We have forgotten the wilderness, the quiet freedom of untamed space, the holiness of that which fortune and convenience can never touch. Some things are here for our souls, not our interests, and every land has its pockets of wild. Let us leave them there for the birds, for the night watch, for the person who needs and longs for a creeping into invisibility. For once we have exploited them, it is our hearts that will be bankrupt, and the deep need for connection to the earth will starve and wither. Let wild run free.

For more about Allison, visit www.allisonzurfluh.ch