Allison is committed to conservation and sustainability of the Venice Lagoon and its culture. Her painting stems from a decade-long dedication to the northern Venetian Lagoon, and a deep affection for Isola Santa Cristina and Burano. Her work seeks to champion the protection of one of the world’s most beguiling wetlands, and generate awareness of the perils facing its ancestral fishing methods, local culture, and sustainable lifestyle.
Having trained in oil painting under the artist John Kelly, she uses palette knife and brush to create her oil paintings on linen and burlap, preferring the texture and hue of a natural canvas. In the same vein, she uses granulating watercolours on natural fibre paper to convey the beguiling and unpredictable toughness of the natural world.
Allison studied Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and is a thrice-published author. She is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.