Allison Dakin grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2008. The next several years were spent expressing her creativity through nurturing the imaginations of children in her classroom. After taking a break from teaching to care for her two young children, Allison moved to Spruce Grove where she rediscovered her first passion – art.
She is a member of the Spruce Grove Allied Arts Council and the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). In February, 2017 she received her first international award in colored pencil for Colored Pencil Magazine’s Monthly challenge. Her work is regularly on display at the Melcor Gallery in Spruce Grove.
- “Snack Time” – 3rd Place in Allied Arts Juried Show 2017
- “Hanging Around” – 3rd Place Intermediate Open Arts Competition 2017 – AAC of Spruce Grove
- “Feathers of Fancy” – 3rd Place Advanced Open Arts Competition 2018 – AAC of Spruce Grove
- “Demi-Goddess” 1st Place Juried Members Show 2019 – AAC of Spruce Grove
- “Chico” – 2nd Place Advanced Open Arts Competition 2019 – AAC of Spruce Grove
- “Dr. Deena Hinshaw” – 2nd Place Advanced Open Arts Competition 2020 – AAC of Spruce Grove
- “Snack Time” 1st Place Novice, Colored Pencil Magazine 2017
- “Dr. Deena Hinshaw” Fort McMurray Today, FMPSD June 13th 2020 by Kiran Malik-Khan
- “Dr. Deena Hinshaw” Post Media, April 2nd 2020, Ryan Garner
- “Inked” – Northword Magazine cover, Volume 4 Issue 4 2020