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Alison Watt is a contemporary painter who lives on Protection Island, Nanaimo. Her paintings evoke the varied landscapes of the west coast as well as the interior of British Columbia. Originally a biologist, she brings her eye for the details, colours, and textures, of the natural world to her paintings. She builds a sense of light, and depth with many layers of painting and glazing. She is also a teacher, offering courses to adult students through her business Artwork Artplay. The artist explains, “Teaching has taught me to constantly approach painting with “beginner’s mind,” a childlike sense of play and openness to experimentation. Watt’s work has been shown in exhibitions and galleries in the Pacific Northwest and has appeared in the books, Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Forest and Art for An Oil Free Coast.