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. Difficult circumstances during this period resulted in a thirteen year hiatus, during which time she found solace in an appreciation for natural history and a love of travel. With a new and inspired enthusiasm, Alison would go on to complete an MSci (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Birmingham and is currently a Postgraduate Researcher in Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester. Alison credits her profound appreciation for natural history as the driving force that refuelled her love for art.

“My passion in geology 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.

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AcknowledgementsThank you to all my family and friends who continue to show their everlasting support, encouragement, and an immense amount of patience during field impromptu photo shoots.

~ Eternally Grateful  ~