As a child, McAllister was a self-taught artist who learned to draw and paint in oils. "I never felt more myself than when I was lost in my work. The unyielding drive to create never left me, and I still revel in the challenge of making something beautiful, interesting, or visually arresting," said McAllister.
"When painting, I prefer to work from life, but use photographs when necessitated by the nature of the subject. I often choose intense lighting to emphasize depth and contrast, and like to work with only a few colors for each painting.
"In my photography, I tend to prefer instead subdued lighting as I aim for an interesting presentation of detail, shape, or color," added McAllister
McAllister works and live in Orange City with her husband and four children.
Her exhibit will be on display through the month of March at the Sanford Museum.
To see more of McAllister's work visit her website at www.mcallisterartstudio.com.