Artist Statement

Lives in Nashville, Tennessee

I create visual anthropology narratives through portraiture. Faces that tell a story. Each series is about a different culture or group of people. I lived in Germany from 2016-2019, and the more I traveled, the more fascinated I became with how intact cultures remain, country to country in Europe, despite the short distances. Hop a border, and suddenly people are different. I don't know how each country has managed to retain its unique culture, and that fascinates me. 

Anthropologists collect photos. I paint what I observe.

Art was my first love. As a teenager I spent hours on my potters wheel and drawing. I studied advertising in college, which led me to a career in consumer behavior and marketing before moving to Germany in 2016, where I finally returned to art. 


I’m drawn to encaustic wax because it’s unpredictable and draws me into experimentation. I’m not interested in rendering reality. Wax dries quickly, so one must paint fast and spontaneously. Intuition takes the lead. Hot wax reminds me to let the painting speak, that I am not the master. The creative process is profoundly spiritual and mysterious, and encaustic reminds me to trust the process. 

I’ve exhibited in Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and the US, have work in two US museums, was awarded two artist residencies, a scholarship to the International Encaustic Conference, and was selected for membership in Germany’s oldest artist guild, The Stuttgarter Künstlerbund, c1898.

I'm influenced by Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville, and Tony Sherman; all great expressionist portrait artists. Photo realism is lovely, but expressionism can reveal the person's soul.




The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. BA & Master's degrees in Advertising

Tennessee State University, Master's in Education

Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts


International Scholarship, International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA, 2018

Artist in Residence, EncaustiCastle, Lexington, KY, 2018. 


2020 WAX FUSION magazine article, work featured on front cover

2020 ART of NASHVILLE article


2021 J Galleries, Nashville TN  "Visual Anthropologies" solo show (July 2021)

2020 Vignettes in Wax and Words, International Encaustic Artists (juried) Curated by Lora Murphy

2020 Different Directions, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Nashville TN

2020 ArtPOP Street Gallery, Nashville, TN

2019 Popclectic at ARTclectic, University School of Nashville, Nashville TN (juried)

2019 Eclectic Expressions, Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

2019 Franklin Art Scene, Art Crawl, Franklin, TN 

2018 Melting Pot, Melting Point, Museum of Encaustic Art, Sante Fe, NM (catalog, juried) Curated by Francisco Benitez.

2018 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany 

2018 Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany 

2018 The Way We See It, Cafe Künstlerbund, Stuttgart, Germany (juried)

2018 The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA (catalog, juried)

2018 Kultur Am Kelterberg Vaihingen e.V., Stuttgart, Germany 

2018 Galerie Bad Wimpfen Rathaus, Bad Wimpfen, Germany

2018 Incognito, The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2017 Imagine Denmark, Kunstvaerket Galleri, Odder, Denmark. (juried)

2017 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany

2015 Modular Art Pods, abrasiveMedia, Nashville, TN (juried)

2014 Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville TN 


-Nashville Artist Guild 

-International Encaustic Artists

-German American Artists Association (past member)

-Kulturkreis (artist group) Leinfelden-Echterdingen e.V. (past member)

Studied art under:

Lora Murphy, Denmark; Annie Hammond, South Africa; Gaby Dotter, Switzerland; Reiny Rizzi-Gruhlke, Luxembourg; Birgit Feil, Stuttgart, Germany; Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, US; Lisa Pressman, US; Nicholas Wilton, US; Judy Klich, US.


Alison Fullerton Art - Nashville, TN
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