Alyson Cadd is a very talented local artist based in Chillington. She uses various mediums and techniques, including acrylics, metallics and natural materials, to create simple, highly textural pieces of art that people want to have in their homes. She also specialises in pet and animal portraits - from cats to bats!
In the1980s I studied Art and Architecture, then specialised in Retail and Interior Design in Manchester and Salford. After graduating I worked on high street retail projects and then worked for a major brewery, Daniel Thwaites PLC, upgrading their portfolio of pubs, hotels and restaurants.
Following a break to have a family I retrained in marketing, specialising in graphic design, branding, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and website design. Basically, using my art and design skills in any feasible way. I developed my own consultancy between 2006 and 2016, then decided to retire early, move to South Devon and rekindle my artistic interests.
Having redesigned and renovated a house I had a multitude of sample pots of house emulsion paint, along with several off-cuts of MDF board. Being enterprising I decided to paint some landscapes and semi-abstracts on MDF, which sold at a local exhibition. I then went on to complete commissioned portraits of people and animals, one of which was offered as a prize in a community competition.
I am still on a journey of discovery, with various mediums including acrylics, metallics and natural materials from my garden and the beach. I use brush, air-spray, knife and collage techniques. My ambition is to create simple, highly visual, textural pieces of art that people want to have in their homes. I accept commissions and am particularly interested in working with other artists, to network, support and share ideas for developing ways to display or sell their art.