My Point of View

My passion and goal in painting is capturing nature as I see it. Through years of studying many different art forms and crafts I have found my niche in landscape painting. I’ve studied with various accomplished artists from all backgrounds, and each of them has had a part in the development of my style and skills set.

Much of my development as an artist has been out in the field, working directly from nature, with plein air painters. I have always admired the impressionistic yet life like approach plein air painters are known for and their delicate sensitivity to light. I have studied with several members of Plein Air Painters of America and have been greatly influenced with their technical and traditional style and process of painting. Several of my large landscape paintings are the product of small studies I created while plein air painting.

My professors at the University of Maryland helped me find my unique style. Mostly abstract artists, they pushed me to identify what qualities of my art I was happiest with and to build on those qualities. I have always loved color and edges in my work. Over the past couple of years I have been working on creating paintings that are bold in color and shape, yet true to nature and light.

My landscape paintings are each the culmination of small abstract paintings coming together on a single canvas. When viewed from a distance, all these abstractions disappear and one is left with the appreciation of a bright and bold landscape.

Alison Menke

Click to see a list of artists I've worked with.

These key instructors have influenced my development as an artist.

Beverly Ann Jones Menke, my greatest influence, instructor, and inspiration. My mother is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever known. A doctor, a painter, Singer and Composer of music (made #9 Top Latin Hits in 1999), and publish Author. She makes me want to reach for the stars. Thank you Mom for making me want to be my best. (Always)

Tim Bell, Maritime artist from Baltimore. Workshop in Plein Air (Summer 2014)

Randell Sexton, PAPA landscape painter in oil, San Francisco, CA (May 2014)

Ann Templeton, plein air painting workshop in Rabun County, Georgia (Summer 2008)

Kim English, plein air painting and figure workshop at Donner Ranch in New Mexico. (Summer 2006)

Nina Weiss, plein air painting and color wheel workshop in Ireland (Summer 2008)

Carolyn Anderson, Portraiture workshop in Easton, Maryland (Fall 2009)

Jean LeGassick, plein air and knife painting PAPA workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Summer 2010)

Gill Dillinger, plein air painting PAPA workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Summer 2010)

Caroline Jasper, still-life, reflective surfaces, water, and landscape workshops in Annapolis, Howard County and Ocean City, Maryland (Winter 2005, Summer 2005, Spring 2006)

Margaret Baumgaertner, portraiture workshop in Lacrosse, Wisconsin (Summer 2007)

Jon Cheiny, figure drawing in graphite from live models workshop in Boston, Massachusetts (Winter 2005)

Mark Levine, cityscape plein air painting workshop in New York City, New York (Summer 2008)

WC Richardson, painting and drawing instructor, and advisor at the University of Maryland (Spring 2007-Spring 2010)

Justin Strom, wood block printmaking course at University of Maryland (Fall 2009)

John McCarty, steel welding course at University of Maryland (Fall 2008)

Steven Jones, metal casting course at the University of Maryland (Spring 2009)

Emily Conover, painting instructor at University of Maryland (Fall 2007, Spring 2008)

Stacey McKenna, my painting instructor throughout high school. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. (2002-2006)

Gino Molfino, my drawing instructor throughout high school (2003-2005)

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