More About the Artist
Alison Archbold has a long and varied set of artistic and creative skills which she has developed from a young age.
Always an artistic child, Alison was forever full of creative ideas, but it was around 1990 whilst working as a painting teacher at a local Art shop, opportunities started coming out of the woodwork. A huge variety of work orders and requests started coming in thick and fast. It was then that her eyes were truly opened to art, and its infinite possibilities. It soon became an addiction, one which continues to this day!
Alison went on to become a
*Ceramic artist and teacher
*Trompe l’oeil & mural artist
*Furniture painter and re-vamper
*Ceramic and artifact repairer
*Faux finish specialist
*Acrylic & mixed media artist
*Mosaic tile artist and teacher
*Polymer clay jewellery artist
*Alcohol ink artist
*Textile & garden art sculptor.
In the following years, Alison created many public Trompe l’oeil murals in Canberra and the surrounding areas, including Villagio retirement village, Capital towers, The Queanbeyan Kangaroos club, & Integrated Natural Therapies, plus there were many works commissioned for numerous private homes and businesses. One of her murals was even featured in a display at the world renowned flower show "Floriade" in Canberra.
During this period, Alison was regularly contributing to magazines including Australian counrty craft and Hand made magazines with her original projects. and some of her art pieces were available at select stores around Canberra.
Concrete painting & repair was a highly specialised field, so Alison perfected her own style and technques for this niche market and her business Archbold Design won the contracts for several government buildings including the ATO in the city, Canberra’s new building project, Building Instillations and Westfield Belconnen. This work continued for months at a time, over a period of years with Alison hand painting faux stone and concrete finishes on hundreds of concrete columns throughout building sites in Canberra.
Over the past decade, amoungst varying projects, Alison has been creating original paintings for her ranges of Greeting cards and limited edition prints. Animals are a main feature in many of her works, and have always been a huge part of her life. The move to their farm just outside Canberra 18 years ago, not only gave them plenty of room to expand their menagerie of animals, and rare budgerigars, which Alison has been breeding since the age of 12, but it also allowed Alison to build an art studio large enough to house the many different projects that she is always working on.
Alison’s works are ever changing, as are her media. Usually there are about 4 or 5 projects on the go at any one time.
In December 2020 Alison was commissioned by Wildcare to create a special public mosaic memorial for one of their long time volunteers. The mosaic which features Magpies, was created in loving memory, of Laurel Rosin & is now set into a boulder located at Waniassa Park in Queanbeyan, next to the river.
These days Alison is happy running her online Greeting card and art business from her farm studio.
When asked Alison says:
"Buying our farm all those years ago, was without a doubt the best thing we ever did. The property literally provided me with a huge blank canvas in which to create the most incredible natural artwork. Over the years, we have planted and sculpted the garden to create a magical place for all our native visitors and ourselves. Sure its a huge amount of work, but the rewards have far outweighed the sacrifice. Now I'm permanently surrounded by natures beauty & have an amazing view from every window. I feel very fortunate & thankful to have such an incredible office, which inspires me each & every day.
Archbold Design is proud to sponsor and donate to Australian animal rescue organisations
Archbold Design is 100% Australian made. designed and owned.