About Alison

Alison Philpott was born in Northern Ireland, where art was the only thing she enjoyed in school! She continued her art instruction at College in a Commercial Art program.

After moving to BC with her family and raising their two boys she discovered that she still enjoyed exploring the details around her through her pencils.

Alison began to participate in the local arts community in earnest, while honing her technique.

She discovered coloured pencils and never looked back as they gave her the ability to work in colour with the control of the pencils she was so comfortable with.

Alison has won International awards for her coloured pencil work, and has pieces in private collections in Europe, UK, North America and Australia. She has memberships in several art groups, including the Fort Langley Artist's Group.

The awards and recognition Alison has received have all been a source of encouragement and excitement to Alison. However, what brings the most joy and satisfaction is her art class at Matsqui Institution, where she instructs men from a wide variety of artistic experience, from none at all to accomplished indigenous artists.

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Work In Progress

Potting Shed in Progress

I start with a detailed outline drawing on my paper, making sure perspective and angles are correct. Then I choose a section and gather the pencils I need for that section. I work at that until it's finished before I move on to another section. The sections I choose are those that appeal to me at that time. Once the entire surface is done I adjust shade, high lights and add the deep shadow. Occasionally adjusting the colours as well.


Completed Work

Potting Shed Completed drawing

11x14 Coloured Pencil on Bristol Smooth This potting shed is situated at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. The castle is owned by the Queen and is the official royal residence when she is in the area. For some reason it reminded me of my grandfather's shed, even though his was nothing as grand as this one.

Alison Philpott First Prize Winner image


First Prize Winner in Ann Kullberg's International Online Exhibition.
PRICE: $350

8x10 Coloured Pencil on Bristol Smooth. This first edition Geneva Breeches Bible was printed in England in 1583, so called because it refers to Adam and Eve making breeches from fig leaves. This drawing won 1st place in an International Coloured Pencil Exhibition.