Allison was raised in a family that spent summers touring the western United States in a VW van (without air conditioning), racking up Junior Ranger badges at National Parks, exploring local creeks and beaches along California's Central Coast, and backpacking in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. She's always been a mountain girl at heart, which is now fully manifested as she spends four months each year living in her beat up (and slowly dying) Nissan pick-up truck in the Eastern Sierras with her dog, Mattie Mae. She paints almost entirely en plein air using a limited palette, bold strokes, a lot of pacing and a little cursing to finish studies before the light moves on.
When she's not dirtbagging around the mountains, she is a visiting instructor of statistics, data analysis, and microbiology at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. Allison's concern and love for the protection of wild spaces drives her passion for landscape artwork and environmental science. During the academic year, she lives on the Central Coast with Mattie Dog. Her artwork has been displayed at galleries and shows throughout the state.