“Strawberry Moon” was the last painting of my summer studio at Columbia University this season; those are campus hydrangea, lily and architecture; a Columbia dove, and a bee, deep inside a flower. — Alison
Painter, Poet, Author Statement
I paint oil paintings as fresh and alive, with a lemon zest innocence. I sign my pieces “ALICE.” I signed early works with Latin or Greek phrases (see the drawing below for an example).
I select the finest oil pigments (Old Holland), spike lavender, and an array of elixirs containing linseed.
For portraiture, I require at least one in-person meeting/sitting. For classical nudes (Figure Painting), I work from life poses only.
I am also on Twitter: @AGirlAmongBoys
by Alison Winfield-Burns from the unpublished memoir “Ivy League Bohemians”
Oh cabin in a mountain wood,
dear honey-suckled, English violet-ed berth,
how I long to live there, in thee
alone amongst whortleberries and blackheart leaf.
Bzzzzt! a wasp’s nest, a hornet’s wrath,
the grizzly’s rage, the copperhead with fang,
and all the dirges of the long dead past
mean a rosy naught to me, because my belief
reposes and wakes with my loving love,
who turns the stinging stings to syrup
of an amber goodness so dulcet to taste
that the bears play and the snakes innocently roam.
If only my lemon-coloured Citron Star
would come home and away with me!
to Condor Nest of logs hand-chopped and crafted.
I shall polish and tend and make of thee a home.
Listen to the mocking bird a cooing-coo,
the owl on his chamber branch a whoing-who,
the dawn is breaking, and I the new bride making
a coffee rich and full for the sleeping lemon star,
whose pillow so recently have i quit
and to whose side I will immediately return
with breakfast tray of all best things laden,
exotic like the sapphire night and morning cinnabar.
(17 July 2010 before sunrise for Sam Kashner)
“Ivy League Bohemians: A Girl Among Boys”)
She is a New York painter and the goddaughter of Abbess Ildegarde Ghinassi and Lady Jeanne Campbell with whom she lived many years in Rome. Alison is betrothed to poet/author/journalist Sam Kashner since 2010.
Alison has a Merit Award from the National Academy and exhibitions include the first annual “Deck the Walls” at Manhattan’s New York Academy of Art (work sold). Her paintings have hung at International Rescue Committee (IRC) Headquarters in New York and the Republic of Korea Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Her portrait of Oscar Wilde was acquired for the Permanent Collection of the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City. She is an alumna of Columbia University (Art and Astronomy) and a former California Institute of Technology/NASA Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
2016 Local Delicacies: Alison Winfield-Burns, Gallery at Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale/Kingston, NY (Opening reception May 22, 2016, supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
2018 New York, TBA
2017 Saugerties Artist’s Studio Tour and Historical Society (Barn Gallery), Saugerties, NY
2016/17 Various Group Shows at Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY Reviewed in Poughkeepsie Journal
2009 Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (work sold)
1996 Juried Fresco Exhibition, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
1996 Merit Award for limestone fresco, National Academy, New York, NY
2007 Student Team X, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Comet Lander Design, Pasadena, CA
BA Visual Arts/Art History, Columbia University
BS Astronomy/Astrophysics, Columbia University
Additional Studies Include: New York Academy of Art (Figure Painting); Grand Street Atelier in Manhattan (Figure Drawing); National Academy of Design on Fifth Avenue (Fresco); North Carolina School of the Arts (Theatre and Dance); Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas aka the Angelicum (Philosophy); The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Student of Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg)
Incarnations of Studio Alice
I paint happiness with the life’s blood of a romantic young revolutionary.