Allison Barkley grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, just a few doors from the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, where she spent many imaginative days. In her early twenties she migrated west to Victoria, British Columbia, where she resided for a few years before packing and moving up north to the Yukon. She lived there as a pioneer woman and taught art classes at an elementary school, on reserve, in Lower Post, BC. After a few years in the Yukon, she travelled Canada for about a year, before slowly making her way back west.
Allison has been a figure painter for over ten years and has shown her work in galleries in Victoria and Vancouver. She is strongly influenced by the expressionists of the second world war. Allison is also a short film-maker and has done several small projects, mainly in the north. Now residing on the Sunshine Coast, she is recording at Oceanview Studios and will soon be releasing her first album.