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 mainly create landscapes to express my fascination with the ability of nature to quiet the mind and invoke a sense of wonder. I love painting scenes depicting deep space and appreciate places unspoiled by modern influences.

When painting outdoors, I begin with a small compositional value sketch which I transfer to larger archival cotton paper. I start painting with a wet-into-wet technique which entails painting with moist paint on wet paper. I also love discovering new color combinations when glazing one color over another dry wash. It’s exciting to see what happens as granulating and dye based pigments mingle and to see how evaporation impacts each section of the painting. There’s a lot of serendipity involved with working in this manner.

 

I typically paint in a style which I call Dreamy Expressionism meets California Regionalism. The Dreamy Expressionism description showcases a soft wistfulness and wonder depicting my inner emotions. California Regionalism 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 overhead mirror to critique any issues. Although this watercolor technique is unpredictable, the process feels freeing and the creative potential is infinite.