GOULD ALLISON’s FAMILY ART and AMBITION
Growing up in a family with humble means, Therese’s father, Gould Allison, was an artist who sold carpet for a living, while raising his family in the beautiful, wealthy suburb of La Canada Flintridge, California.
Through his art, prayer pads and calendars, Gould pushed his limits and never encountered the impossible. Actually, what started out as impossible became his new normal. Therese saw this pattern more times than she can count, and shares his art in her self-help memoir, “Playing for Keeps.”
Gould painted the ITALIAN SCENE above in 1983. Twenty years later in 2003, Therese and her dad saw the exact same scene as their cruise ship turned the corner to see magnificent Venice, Italy. When Therese said; “Dad, you painted this!”…he just smiled.
Like her dad, Therese’s always pushed her limits. Gould was a pioneer who forged new paths into previously uncharted territory and, as a result, taught his daughter that “all is possible.”
Kickball, softball, volleyball, tennis – Therese loved them all. And as she looks back now, Therese believes that she succeeded because playing sports became her passion. She never thought “I couldn’t!”
TO MY DAD:
YOUR EXAMPLE OF BEING TRUE TO YOU, INTEGRITY AND KINDNESS HAVE BEEN A GIFT TO ME. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY BIGGEST CHEERLEADER.
PHOTO (c) Therese Allison – Gould Allison from Book, “Playing for Keeps – How a 21st century businesswoman beat the boys!”