Allison Stratton is a mixed media artist originally hailing from the Northeast Arts District in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved to Fort Worth, Texas in August of 2019.
An interior designer by trade and education, Allison completed introductory studio art classes to learn drawing, sketching, color theory and composition basics while earning her Interior Design degree at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent works were influenced by a workshop course taken at the Grand Marais Art colony jn Minnesota. It is there that she learned of the fumage technique, used at the start of all of her work. She is inspired by surrendering control of a final outcome in the sporadic nature of her media, including fumage, dripped was, and fluid acrylic.
I remember wanting to share how I process the world visually since I was a child. My first memory of this was listening to a dramatic pop song on my Walkman, running to my mom, and explaining how you could follow the ups and downs of the song with a line on paper! That idea of connecting how the soul feels in the moment with a visual carries with me to this day.
My body of work is influenced by the uncontrollable nature of the media I choose. These media include fumage (smoke), wax, fluid and opaque acrylic, and charcoal. As I explore the human form in painting, the techniques I learned through the process of surrendering control have a perfect imperfection in portraying the figures in a raw, honest way.