Alison Mitchell is a visual artists based near Riverton in South Australia. She creates in a broad range of materials – watercolour, oils, sculptures, but is consistent throughout in working directly from life.
Alison will have the honour of being the 2018 Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show judge. Alison is passionate about her painting.
“It is usually some visual effect that entices me to paint; a particular combination of colour, light, or an appealing tonal contrast. It is the roundness and sheen of fruit, the compositional possibilities of a landscape or a particular twist or angle in a model’s body. It is seeing the world anew, with fresh eyes,” Alison said.
Alison graduated from the University of Adelaide with first class honours in Anthroplogy and this, along with studies in Asian Art and decades of life drawing informs her practice.
She has been a finalist in a number of national art awards, including the Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize, the Heysen Landscape Prize, The Fleurieu Landscape Prize and Food and Wine Art Prize, and semi -finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Alison has had numerous solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions with her husband Robert Hannaford, including the Hill Smith Gallery and various galleries throughout Adelaide and Regional centres.
She has judged a variety of art shows and also as a selection judge for the $85,000 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in 2011.
Alison was the instigator of the Adelaide Parklands Art Prize, now in its third year.
Born in Malaysia, Alison lives with her husband, artist Robert Hannaford, on their property near Riverton in the mid north of South Australia and it is often the fruit and produce of their garden that becomes subject matter along with regular ‘en plein air’ painting trips.
The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show will be held in January on Warland Reserve and is the largest outdoor art show in the southern hemisphere. All funds generated from the art show go to local and international projects.