My work is deeply influenced by the natural world. I've followed an intense calling to express the sense of Being Alive as watercolor paint on paper.
I paint mainly using a wet into wet technique out in nature. Whether painting intuitively or abstractly - botanicals and landscapes tend to make up my primary subject matter
Other than art, I'm mainly interested in Advaita Vedanta, hiking, and backpacking in the Sierras. I live in Sacramento, California and am happily married to my Gemini twin, Brian.
Allison Spreadborough is a landscape, botanical, and abstract painter residing in Northern California. Allison works directly from nature or from intuitive inspiration. She received her formal training as an artist at California State University, Sacramento and two local community colleges.
Allison improved her training with private instruction from several national watercolor masters and has developed a dreamlike expressionist style of painting. The importance of granulating pigment is notable in her work as is the use of a wet into wet watercolor technique.
Spreadborough has exhibited at CSUS, Sacramento, American River College; Sacramento City College and numerous group shows. Her work is included in several permanent public collections and numerous private collections. She is a member of California Plein Air Painters.
In 2019, Spreadborough was awarded a month-long artist-in-residence at the Bauhaus inspired residency at Pond Farm. Pond Farm is located at Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve, Northern California.
Watercolor, Nature Journaling, Plein Air, Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA
California Plein Air Painters
Residency at Pond Farm - California State Park Recreation Area, Guerneville, CA in May 2019
2019 California State Fair, Fine Arts Exhibit, Sacramento, CA
2019 Slice, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA; Julia Couzens, Juror
2019 KVIE Art Auction, Sacramento, CA
2019 Verge Center for the Arts, Preview Exhibition for 2019 Sac Open Studios
2019 If I only had words to tell you/Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery Route One - Point Reyes Station, CA; M. Louise Stanley, Juror
2019 7th Annual Open Fine Arts Juried Competition, Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA; Michelle Gregor, Judge
2019 Pence Gallery Art Auction, Davis, CA
2019 Members Inaugural Show; Rancho Cordova Arts
2019 Elk Grove Artists – 2019 Art Extravaganza Fair and Show, Elk Grove, CA; HONORABLE MENTION; Telagio Baptista, Judge
2019 Big Names, Small Art, Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2018 In the Fields: Botanical Lore, Juried Competition, Arts Benicia; Jennifer Perlmutter, Juror
2018 6th Annual Open Fine Arts Juried Competition, Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove, CA; Kristina Gilmore, Judge
2018 Road Maps/Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery Route One - Point Reyes Station, CA; DeWitt Cheng, Juror
2018 Elk Grove Artists - Inaugural ARTSbeat Art Fair and Competition, Elk Grove, CA; HONORABLE MENTION; David Peterson, Judge
2018 Big Names, Small Art, Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2018 Pence Gallery, All Things Wicked, Davis, CA, Curated by Eileen Hendren
2018 Celebration of Life, Gallery 1855, Davis, CA; 9th Annual Non-Juried Group Show
2018 Pence Gallery, Annual Art Auction, Davis, CA
2018 Verge Center for the Arts, Preview Exhibition for 2018 Sac Open Studios
Sacramento City College, Kondos Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Point Reyes, CA
Assistant, Sacramento City College – Davis Campus, Sacramento, CA (course: Beginning and Advanced Watercolor, Spring 2017 with Professor David Lobenberg)
Assistant, American River College, Sacramento, CA (course: Beginning Watercolor, Fall 1990 with Professor Gary Pruner)
Print: One Hundred Years, One Hundred (and Twenty) Artists, An Exhibition Featuring Seven Decades of Sacramento City College Art Alumni http://www.scc.losrios.edu/kondos/documents/one-hundred-years-one-hundred-artists-catalog.pdf
Online: KVIE Art Auction 2019:
Online: Administrator and Creator of “Sacramento Watercolor Artists”, a Facebook Group est. 2015: https://www.facebook.com/groups/871398396245748/
2008 – current Multi-day art workshops taught by: Andie Thrams, Anthony Rogone, Barbara Nechis, Bill Cone, Birgit O’Connor, Carol Carter, Carolyn Lord, Charles Reid, Cynthia Schildhauer, Dale Laitinin, David Lobenberg, Don Andrews, Gary Bukovnik, Jeannie Vodden, Joan Hoffmann, John Hewitt, John Muir Laws, Juan Pena, Karen Bowers, Kathleen Dunphy, Kristin Meuser, Laurie Wigham, Lucy Sargeant, Michael Reardon, Robert Regis Dvorak, Sandy Delehanty, Sara Post, Stephen Curl, Stacey Vetter, Sterling Edwards, Tom Hoffmann, Tracy Reid Lewis.
1987 – 2007 Sacramento State University, American River College, and Sacramento City College with professors: Anne Gregory, Bill Chambers, Fred Dalkey, Gary Pruner, Harold Schwarm, Joan Moment, Michaele LeCompte, Oliver Jackson.
2012 Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology, National University, La Jolla, CA
Born in Sacramento, California
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