My name is Alison Vivienne Esta Hyman. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland but have spent periods of my life in London, Laguna Beach and Rancho Mirage. My artistic endeavors began at the age of 10, but my career truly began when I began exhibiting in group shows at age 16, winning medals and numerous awards from competitions through the Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery.
I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design and Printmaking, and then continued with two post-graduate degrees from Strathclyde University - one in Education in 1977 and a graduate certificate in Computer Programming in 1991. Finally, I received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting with a Figurative Emphasis from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2011.
I have exhibited my work in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Los Angeles and Orange County in both group and solo shows. My work has appeared in the Glasgow Year of Culture, the Edinburgh Festival, the Loma Linda Hearts for Hope Campaign and others.
I taught college level art and design as well as art therapy for incarcerated individuals for 30 years. During that time, I taught hundreds of students varying levels of art - most notably Jimmy Boyle.
After immigrating to California in 1997 and getting my MFA, I continued painting and drawing while raising six children, cooking enough food for a small army, and travelling the world. I now reside in the Coachella Valley with my studio in the heart of El Paseo.
In my current works, I am exploring color and texture as a means to describe various emotions, current events and experiences through my eyes. Many of my paintings explore the feminine experience and political issues both domestically and abroad.