Biography

Alison Menke was born in 1987 in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. At the age of six she and her family moved to Alpharetta, Georgia. In 1999 they moved again to the small town of Clarksville, Maryland. Currently Alison is living and working in the Washington, DC area.

Ever since Alison was a young girl she has loved nature. Nature’s smallest of creations, things that would more commonly go unnoticed, seemed to captivate her attention. A delicately formed snowflake, the smooth and perfectly round shape of a creek pebble, or the graceful flow of water out of a fountain were all things that inspired her greatest interests growing up.

In her youth, she spent the majority of her free time “treasure hunting” outdoors. Whether on vacation at the beach or out on school grounds during recess, she spent her time wandering about, searching for interesting things to find. If she spotted a beautiful shell on the beach, she would dive to the ground to pick it up and examine it. She loved the different patterns and colors she could find on seashells.

Alison has always been surrounded by art and artists her entire life. Her great grandmother, Georgia Leigh Caldwell, was an American Artist and her grandmother, Jane Caldwell Menke was also an accomplished artist. Her mother, Beverly Jones Menke, is both a plein air painter and portrait artist. Growing up she was surrounded by their oil paintings. She wanted to paint just like they could. At the age of eight she had her first art class and over the span of the next fifteen years, her enthusiasm to learn grew stronger and her art continually evolves. Alison has spent many summers traveling around the country painting with artists she greatly admires.

For a list of artists she has worked with, click here.

In May of 2010 Miss Menke graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double degree in Studio Art (painting concentration) and Art History. She is currently working in Washington, DC producing art and traveling around the world for new painting inspirations.

Alison Menke at Jackson Hole

 

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