Bruns earned her Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007. She is the winner of several awards, including the Creativity Annual Student Award for News and Editorial Illustration for her thesis on the atrocities of The Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Allison was again honored in 2012 by being selected for the First PNCA Juried Alumni Exhibition.
Rooted in a lifelong fascination with music, movies, and literature, Allison's portraiture work includes a diverse cast of characters, each with his or her own story to share.
The workings of her imagination speak through her abstract paintings. Multiple layers of vivid color, along with her signature “splatters,” evoke energy and vitality.
She has been commissioned for design, illustration, and oil paintings both locally and internationally. Her work has been featured on the Portlandia television show, VICE Magazine, at the Portland Film Festival, PDX Magazine, Ethisphere "Worlds Most Ethical CEO's", Powells City of Books, National Geographic Publishing in Willamette Week and The Oregonian.
Bruns was just featured on OBP's award winning show, Oregon Art Beat. To view the episode: