ONE of Lyme Regis’s best-known artists will be portraying her realistic and abstracted paintings in a new exhibition.

Christine Allison's Ways of Seeing exhibition will be at the Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis from October 12 to 31.

In this latest display called Realism to Abstraction, Christine continues to draw inspiration from the natural world but executes her paintings in two very different ways: one realistic, the other abstracted.

In one series of paintings, she portrays the bonds between domestic animals and their humans in realistic, sensitive and perceptive oil portraits. By contrast, in the other series, she creates curious, colourful, abstracted oil paintings that are inspired by her garden and which at times resemble richly embroidered textiles.

During the run of her exhibition, Christine will be holding six drawing workshops on themes extracted from her book Drawing: techniques and tutorials for the complete beginner, reprinted this year by The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications.

Suitable for all abilities, these workshops will take place from 10am to 1pm in the Malthouse on October 15, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29 and cost £30 per person with some materials provided and a discount for those taking all six. Booking is essential as places are limited, and you can find out more about the workshops by visiting the website or by contacting her at or on 07971 624856.

Realism to Abstraction is open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm, admission is free and further details can be found at