Alice Mason

Alice Mason artist portraitAlice was born near Norwich, UK into a musical and artistic family. She lived for a several years of her childhood in the Blue Mountains of Australia where she developed a love for exploring wild nature and mountains. The family returned to the UK and settled mostly in East Sussex, by the sea. Her father, an architect and historian, instilled in her a love for architectural history, particularly churches and cathedrals of France and England, where she spent much time.

As a child, she was always drawing and painting and there was no question of her becoming anything other than an artist. She attended Bath Academy of Art to study B.A. Hons Fine Art and critical theory. After graduating, she moved to London and became a muralist. She then moved to France for a while and then on to Los Angeles for several years where she pursued a career as a muralist and specialist decorator. She worked in Las Vegas, Phoenix Arizona and the film industry in L.A. as a set painter as well as taking on many private mural commissions for homes, restaurants and businesses such as law firms. She worked with a team painting faux marble for a vast area modelled on a Roman town at Caesar’s Forum in Caesar’s Palace. Some of the shops and restaurants were Versace, Louis Vuitton, Bernini, Spago’s, Warner Bros. The Sultan of Oman was also a prestigious client in London. When she returned to London, and then Hastings, she worked with a team painting medieval wall murals on cloth, in original pigments, for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum in Stratford Upon Avon.

After having children, Alice started to concentrate on her own painting. Initially her work was about the contemplative stillness in art and she was greatly influenced by Morandi. She later went on to discover her own style, which gained a wide appeal in the internet age. Her work is concerned with notions of the sacred and spiritual. She uses painting as a form of meditation, and exploration of the quantum world and our place and form within the infinite. It is hoped that a feeling of meditative contemplation is achieved, both through the practice of her art, and the act of looking at the finished piece.

In an age of political and environmental uncertainty, art is more important than ever to Alice, as it produces a sense of equilibrium, and she often facilitates retreats and workshops on the healing aspects of art and creativity. She combines these workshops with walking, as that is something else she is passionate about.

Alices favourite book is ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ and she still dreams of walking through Spain, to the Alpujarras. She is still discovering all the walks of Las Alpujarras, and combined with the spring waters there, it is her favourite place on the planet. She also loves jazz and making herbal potions.