The Burnt Tree


Born in England, UK,  Alison Cottrell was found to have a gift in the arts at the age of nine. After pursuing this interest through school and then college, she explored further with her enrolment at Bournville School of Art and Design, with a strong focus in charcoals, oil painting and photography. During a thirteen year hiatus, Alison found an appreciation for natural history and a love of travel. Touring the Australian Outback led Alison to the remote regions of Uluru and Kings Canyon. This area holds spiritual and sacred meanings to the Aboriginal people which can be seen through their artworks, linking the natural environment and its living creatures through expressive art. This connection between life, environment and the arts, inspired Alison to paint The Burnt Tree, representing the impact of bush fires to the local ecology.

With a desire to learn more about the natural world, Alison would return to the UK to study an MSci (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Birmingham and is currently a Postgraduate Researcher in Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester. Alison credits her profound appreciation for natural history as the driving force that uniquely combines her love for the arts with the complexity of the natural sciences.


“My passion for natural history enables me to work in some of the most captivating places on Earth, it constantly teaches me scientifically and inspires me artistically.

The pieces I produce are my unique interpretations of the natural world.



Thank you to all my family and friends who continue to show their

everlasting support, encouragement, and an immense amount of patience during impromptu photo shoots.

~ Eternally Grateful  ~