For the past 16 years, Alison has been a senior preparator and taxidermist at the Queensland Museum (QM) as part of a skilled team delivering exhibitions across the network.
After completing a degree in Visual Art at Queensland University of Technology majoring in painting and sculpture, Alison worked in the public art sector as a mosaicist, sculptor and designer. In 1993 she moved to England where she worked as a prop and puppet maker and later a set designer specialising in children’s theatre. She returned to Australia in 2000, excited to take up a permanent position at QM that would combine her love of natural history with her artistic and taxidermy skills.
For the last 2 years, Alison and a small team of skilled preparators have been taxidermying mammals and birds and casting and painting reptiles and fish for “Wild State”, the museum’s latest permanent exhibition showcasing Queensland’s unique wildlife and habitats.