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ABOUT ALLEN
MISSION STATEMENT

Getting outside is good for the soul. Painting outdoors is what I do. It’s what I love, think about, work at, and struggle with.

The outdoor studio provides so much more information than a simple photograph.  Views beyond the borders of my composition inform what goes on the canvas.  The sounds, the scents, the heat, the cold, the wind, the rain and the elements combine to shape my work.  Sometimes “the elements” actually participate in the final piece.  In many of my paintings, you'll find bugs and dirt embedded in the paint.

Capturing the light is everything! It is my inspiration.  Its elusive and fleeting quality can transform the landscape in a moment and be gone in the next.  That urgency to capture that moment gives an energy to the work that is hard to replicate in the studio.

My goal in doing plein-air work is to convey to others my experience and love for a place.  I try to bring the outside in.

 
BIO

Allen’s development as an artist was defined early in his home by his parents.  His father was an outdoor enthusiast who led Allen on mountain climbs and backpacking trips across the American west.  His mother was an accomplished watercolor artist with a love of the landscape who shared her experience with her young son.  Allen went on to earn a fine arts degree from Brigham Young University where he met his wife Janice.  They settled in Centerville, Utah where Allen began his career in commercial art and computer game design.  Over the next twenty years, Allen refined his artistic skills in the digital world developing video games with fine companies like Disney, Microsoft, and Take Two.  It was during this time that Allen discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting right in his backyard.  Utah is a painter’s paradise and a “university” for teaching the plein air artist.  He believes that painting on location and in the studio are complimentary pursuits, one building upon the other.

 

SELECTED SHOWS, COMPETITIONS
& AWARDS

 

2019

Where in the World is Plein Air with Illume Gallery, Utah

Participant in 15th Plein AIr Easton

Participant in Sonoma Plein Air

Best in Show - Plein AIr Competition - Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT

95th annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT

Traces of the West - Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT

2018

Participant in 14th Plein Air Easton

1st Place - Public Lands Paint Out - Red Rocks Art Festival, Moab, UT

Best in Show - Plein Air Competition, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, UT

Artists Choice - Driggs Plein Air Festival, Driggs, ID

Purchase Award - Plein Air Competition - Spring City Arts, Spring City, UT

3rd Place - Plein Air Competition - Logan Summerfest, Logan Utah 

3rd Place - Nocturne Paint Out - Escalante Canyons Art Festival, Escalante, UT

Honorable Mention - Escalante Canyons Art Festival, Escalante, UT

Eccles 16th Black & White Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT

94th annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT

 

2017
Best in Show - Red Rocks Art Festival, Moab, UT
1st Place - Quick Draw Plein Air Competition - Spring City Arts, Spring City, UT
1st Place - Nocturne Paint Out - Escalante Canyons Art Festival, Escalante, UT
2nd Place - Traces of the West - Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT
2nd Place - Plein Air Competition - Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT
2nd Place - Davis County Statewide Competition, Layton, UT
3rd Place - Eccles Statewide Competition, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT
Honorable Mention - Midway Paint out - Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, Midway, UT

 

2016 –
2nd Place - Plein Air Painting Competition, Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, Midway, UT
3rd Place - Studio Painting Competition, Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, Midway, UT
2nd Place - Downtown Paint Out, Moab Plein Air Competition, Moab, UT
2nd Place - Music On Main Paint Out, Driggs Plein Air Festival, Driggs, ID
Purchase Award - Plein Air Competition, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, UT
Purchase Award - Plein Air Competition - Spring City Arts, Spring City, UT
Honorable Mention - Plein Air Competition – Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT
Honorable Mention - Willamette Lavender Festival and Plein Air Show, Newberg, OR

2015
2nd Place - Plein Air Competition, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, UT
3rd Place - Studio Painting Competition, Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, Midway, UT
Purchase Award - Plein Air Competition - Spring City Arts, Spring City, UT
Honorable Mention - Plein Air Competition – Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, UT

2014
Honorable Mention - Plein Air Competition - Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, Midway, UT
Purchase Award - Plein Air Competition - Spring City Arts, Spring City, UT
3rd Place - Plein Air Competition, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, UT