Alison Stafford came highly recommended and her pet portraits speak for themselves.
Based in Congleton, Alison is an incredibly passionate artist and due to no fault of her own sadly had all exhibitions and art events that she has worked all year round for pulled from under her feet.
What Alison chose to do to uplift her spirits was to paint from photographs sent in by the public every day of April – gallery below.
A message from Alison
Hi, I am Alison Stafford, a professional award-winning animal and landscape artist from Cheshire. I specialise in domestic pets and paint for commission, but love to paint landscapes outdoors too!
I work using Acrylic and oil paints and exhibit nationally and my work is held in private collections worldwide.
Previous Chairperson of the Association of Animal Artists I remain on the committee helping with the organisation of their exhibitions and events and am a member of Fine Art Trade Guild and also PA (Professional Associate) for the SAA (Society of All Artists) encouraging others through a programme of workshops and events.
I come from a fashion and textile background having graduated from Manchester Polytechnic (as was) in 1990 and pursued a career in that field for over 25 years. It is my passion for all things colour that attracted me to try painting as a form of relaxation to help cope with the stresses of work, and after a couple of sessions I was hooked!
I have been a professional artist for over 12 years during which time I have painted pet portraits before focusing on dogs, horses and local landscapes.
I paint horses for commission as I live within the grounds of an international equestrian facility and also have my own so it was a natural thing to develop a level of competence in. This soon led to me exploring what it is about horses that inspired me, so I also completed a small series of paintings trying to capture the spirit of the horse using the vehicle of colour, pattern and mark making.
Lockdown unfortunately caused all my upcoming exhibitions to be cancelled or postponed so in order to keep me motivated I set myself a challenge...30 Paintings in 30 Days!
I asked the public to send in a photo of something that made them smile and then painted it. Not surprisingly 90% of the photos sent in were of the family dog! Evidence of the importance a dog (or cat) has on mental health and if ever you needed it!
I decided to make the Challenge a little harder by giving myself no more than 2 hours to paint each subject. It was a really fun thing to do and all paintings were shared in a timelapse video on YouTube. Happily the subjects posing with their paintings are now shared on my facebook page.