​​Artist Statement


My name is Allison Spreadborough; I’m a watercolor artist and Sacramento native. Plein air painting is a passion as is painting intuitively from a nature-inspired prompt. I create landscapes to express my fascination with the ability of nature to quiet the mind and invoke a sense of wonder.

When painting en plein air, I begin with a small compositional value sketch which I transfer to cotton paper. I start painting with a wet into wet technique which entails painting with moist paint on wet paper. It’s exciting to see what happens as granulating and transparent pigments mingle and to see how evaporation impacts each section of the painting. There’s a lot of chance involved with working wet into wet.


I typically paint in a California Regionalist style which celebrates a loose and abstracted blend of East and West influences such as brush calligraphy, simplicity, bold color and symbolism. Later, in the studio, I problem solve the painting in an over-head mirror to critique any issues. Although this technique is unpredictable, the process feels freeing and the creative potential is infinite.  



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.


Allison Spreadborough






Watercolor, Nature Journaling, and Plein Air Painting





  • 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 https://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/pond-farm-artist-residency



  • 2020  KVIE Art Auction, Sacramento, CA

  • 2020  1st Annual Women in Watercolor International Juried Competition; Linda Kemp, Juror

  • 2020  Pence Gallery Art Auction, Davis, CA

  • 2020  Solo Show March-May at Crepeville, Sacramento, CA

  • 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, 2016


Online:  KVIE Art Auction 2019: https://www.kvie.org/events/art-auction/art-auction-2019-the-collection-2/

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, Tony Couch, 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, and 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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