Most of our childhood memories revolve around play: the games we made up, the imaginary friends we created, and the places where we felt the most carefree. Allison Green grew up in a small Philadelphia town in a home on a hill overlooking a forest, and some of her fondest memories are tied to that special space.
“We would walk through the stream, build forts out of fallen branches, and run around the giant honeysuckle bush,” Green tells Creators. “My bedroom window faced this forest, and for all the magic it brought to my days, it also frightened me by night. My earliest memories also include nightmares about these same woods, and in my dreams characters like The Big Bad Wolf would come from out the forest and appear in my window, tormenting and terrorizing me through many nights.”
That environment, and the years she spent playing in nature, would later inform her work—large-scale paintings of nature in its all its stunning beauty. The forest of her childhood became “a central impetus for the enchanting, surreal and larger-than-life natural imagery” she paints today.
Green’s pieces depict flowers, butterflies, birds, trees, and other parts of nature that might seem familiar on first glance. But a closer look reveals the little bits of symbolism and knowledge that Green hides throughout.
She often researches the habits of interesting creatures and uses that as inspiration for her pieces. Her String Theory series was “inspired by the African Weaver Bird’s nestmaking and mating habits.” As Green explains, the male bird works his hardest to create a stunning nest in order to attract a female. When she first saw the nests in person, they reminded her of solar systems—a comparison that reminded her of the importance of building homes and worlds.