Sing Your Heart Out is a blog by Brooke Baker exploring community music-making, choirs & singing ensembles.  

meet Alison Smith

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.

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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.

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