Originally from Nottingham, Alison completed an Art Foundation Course at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, followed by a degree in Textile Design at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Alison has lived in North Wales since 2004. Inspired by her surroundings, she soon began painting and within two years had exhibited at a number of galleries including the Royal Cambrian Academy. Alison works with her partner Jon Davies who takes care of digital printing, picture framing, marketing, and business management.
Alison Bradley Gallery, Chester
Alison Bradley Gallery opened in 2008 in Betws-y-coed - the gateway to Snowdonia and home of Britain’s first Artists’ Colony from 1844 to 1914. In 2016 this was joined by a second gallery in the heart of historic Chester City Centre, then in 2019 Alison and Jon left Betws-y-coed and moved to Chester.
The gallery is a tranquil and relaxing space where customers are always made to feel welcome and never pressured. A constantly changing display of Alison's original work is exhibited along with a comprehensive range of reproduction prints. Jon offers a framing service with a choice of over 200 mouldings and specialising in oak frames, some exclusive to Alison Bradley Gallery.
Alison predominantly paints in oil on canvas or board. She enjoys sketching from life using oil paint in a direct technique, and combines these with reference photographs and memories about the scene into a larger piece in the studio, sometimes building several layers of paint over days or weeks. She also regularly draws with charcoal as the medium lends itself to expressing atmosphere.
Alison finds inspiration in the varied landscape of North Wales, the Lake District, and Chester along with the people who live and work in the countryside and their animals.