Alison Down, who painted the 2012 Christmas Card for Dore Village Society:
Alison has been involved in Art and Design for as long as she can remember. It was always her best subject at school and her parents encouraged her to study it at University. She joined the Fine Art course at Newcastle upon Tyne just when the concept of ‘Basic design’ was being introduced into Art colleges, based on Bauhaus principles, and it has influenced her way of looking and seeing ever since. She specialised in textile design and taught it for many years, but since she retired water colour painting, and the link with transparent colours has been her greatest interest… and she says she is still learning.