meet Alison Smith
My name is: Alison Kay Smith and I am: full of imagination and joy.
I would describe my job as: Creative and very well suited to me, Art teacher / Photo editor & assistant for Where the Heart Is Wedding Photographers / Florist's shop girl ... as well as other little odd jobs I can conjure up and I am perfect for it because: it involves teaching art, meeting new people, learning new skills and always being involved in something different. Teaching art is my passion. I love to instill in others a love for creating and to give them confidence that they can draw. My other jobs suit me because they allow me to work with people and be creative.
Right now I'm working on: A big painting for some friends. It's only in the beginning stages of its life.
I'm most inspired by: my mum, actually (she is an amazing woman!) and my creative heroes are: Vincent van Gogh, Caravaggio, David Downton, Charles Dickens, Kay Nielson... I love them because: most of them were incredibly talented artists who are very individual and didn't always follow the rules. Charles Dickens is sarcastic, witty and able to laugh at himself so I love that.
The best piece of advice I've received is: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
In my spare time I: draw, read, sing, arrange songs for our band...sneak onto FB to see what other people are up to, play CSR classics (a drag racing game on the i-pad...such fun!)
My career path has been: long and circuitous...more of a meander than a direct course of action. Some of the challenges I've overcome are: being really shy of people and starting my job with the teeniest-tiny computer knowledge. And I got through them by: Growing in my knowledge of God and also through the help of very kind and generous people.
The things you need most in my kind of work are: a ready smile, compassion, to laugh at yourself, ability to encourage. The biggest lesson I've learnt is : to not back down from my life principles.
My life motto is: Never lose your sense of wonder.
One thing that frustrates me is: society demanding that we be a certain way.
When I was little I wanted to: be a construction worker so I could wear a yellow helmet and drive a digger.
One day I'd like to: travel to Europe with my sister Juliann.