Alison Rickman

Alison Rickman

Alison has lived in Devon since 1970 and was lucky enough to be taught by Ken Doughty at Park School and Harry Juniper at Beaford.
Alison went to Bristol College of Fine Art and gained a BA Sculpture.
Alison joined the BBC in London in 1983 and worked as Designer, Art Director and Digital Post-Production Artist.
She likes to make costumes and mixed media sculptures and plans a series of digital montages of Horse in Landscape from photos she has taken in the Albuquerquie area of the USA.

Alison Rickman

Walking Horse 8 - Oil on Canvas

On returning to Devon in 1998, Alison studied ceramics with Clive Pearson, specialising in Greenman plaques and in parallel took a City & Guilds teaching qualification and then taught Bellydance and Feng Shui at local Colleges.

She also is a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor, trained at Col .W. (Bill) Froud’s and Capt. Hewitt’s, Devon. She taught at Spreyton and The Calvert Trust on Exmoor. She was previously a memberof The Society of Equestrian Artists (London Branch).

Whilst working for the pioneering BBC Virtual Studio group, she was one of three Designers sent to Siggraph, Anaheim, where she met John Lasseter of Pixar at his Luxor Junior premier.

Alison presented for the BBC at I.B.C. Amsterdam, The TV Show, Islington, and The BBC Virtual Studio Event, London, co-working with CGI pioneers from Disney.

A Digital Artist on over 40 programes, including Doctor Who, One Foot in the Grave, Earthfasts, House of Eliott and the Eastenders V.E. Day steam train. Alison devised and animated the Wings Growing sequence on Five children and IT. This was so popular it was redone for the sequel, Return of the Psammead.

Alison was also Art director on over 40 additional programmes, including BlackAdder II, Only Fools and Horses, Ab Fab, Dennis Potter’s Visitors and Top of the Pops.

Alison enjoys doing Feng Shui (Tutor Bill Spear USA) and interior design consultations. Since 1998 has done over 100.

In 2009 Alison worked on two Arts Council South West projects of carnival creations with other artists. One was making a large willow elephant for Museum of North Devon, where it is currently on display there.

Now making costumes for Devon traditional carnivals – with prize winning entries in 2009 and 2010, she is planning a revival hobby horse costume for Pilton, Greenman 2011.