A journey of hope and inspiration through life-threatening illness, developing a unique strength-evoking iconography, exploring depiction of the female body, identity and what we take on our travels inevitably or by force of will.

Camino Blues

I had both written and painted all my life but until 2015 I felt I had nothing worthwhile to say.
The experiences of the next 3 years changed all that. As I became, and then became less and less, a cancer victim I became more and more something else with the help of others – and it feels miraculous. I can only accept myself as an exhibiting artist, selling paintings, being the subject of documentaries, publishing my memoir and having the attention of the media if my activity contributes to the ability of others to ask themselves:-


What is important to me?
What do I fear? And Why?
What is my identity?

What is resilience? Where does it come from? Where can it be found?

What would it mean to combat personal nightmares? 

What challenges have been successfully met?

I create/sell art and facilitate a range of collaborative activities under the name of The Way Through Project. I published my memoir “Walking Backwards up an Apostle’s Nose” in July 2019.

The Project began as a very individual experience. It drew in a group of people from all walks of life who saw something of universal value and it became a movement to exhibit and a collaborative and interactive creative exercise with no fixed destination nor defined content. 

I continue to paint pretty much non-stop. My themes broaden out becoming more universal as experiences of cancer slowly merge into life.  It will, however, remain true to the meaning behind its name:

·         a creative response to the scary unknown

·         a trajectory, journey, path, route

·         a challenge to be overcome step-by-step

·         a pilgrimage to find truths and, with them, strength

·         a manner of living, a strategy for survival, a lifestyle

In taking the project forward, I will always look to wring out the greatest value  including by working collaboratively with others in particular third sector organisations.

Watch the Award Winning Short Documentary about the beginning of the Way Through Project. 

Walking Backwards: (Up an Apostle's Nose)

My first published Memoir.

"Launched on St James's Day, 25th July 2019 this memoir, framed in 6 days walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is a true story of a teenager's transition to womanhood and Spain's transition to democracy, a tale of banker knights, policeman's bottoms, dangling caterpillars, zombies and beautiful landscapes.  It is a journey through cancer, art and love until the end of the earth".


What do these pictures make you feel or think?  Would you like to express your own situation?  Are you looking for information our networks might help with?  Do you have artwork – painting, poetry, music, photography – you would like to share? Do you lack confidence to get arty? Over to you!


The Way Through Project is not a medical or counselling organisation. It is delivered by Alison with help from friends. If we can help in some way we will try to do so.

Your information will be handled privately and will not be passed on or used for anything without your permission. 

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