Therese McAllister is an Irish artist, who studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, before continuing her training as a painter in Florence. On arriving in Florence, she met the Italian artist Pietro Annigoni, who is renowned for his portrait paintings of the British Royal Family. Annigoni encouraged her to enrol in the studio of Nerina Simi, a highly gifted artist, who came from a long line of talented painters. As a student of Nerina Simi, Therese refined her drawing technique and learnt the skills of painting in the classical tradition. During this time, she also frequently visited Pietro Annigoni’s studio, who offered her advice and encouragement on her paintings.
Therese McAllister's training in the Simi system, which concentrates on precise drawing and observation and the accurate rendering of forms and space, is evident in her still life paintings. Working mainly in oils, her darkly-glowing still-life paintings are rich and vibrant in colour with a meticulous attention to detail. Life drawing was also an important part of the curriculum and as a result Mc Allister is a highly accomplished draughtswoman and a talented portrait artist. As an artist, she has had many exhibitions, both in Ireland and abroad, and her paintings are included in many art collections in Ireland, England, Italy, France, Greece, Canada and the United States.