Allen is a Texas-based artist who grew up on the stormy wheat, cattle and pumpjack-dotted plains of Northern Oklahoma. An early interest in communication arts led to the study of photography and a degree in advertising in college - including a news photography internship - followed by a career in top creative ad agencies and today corporate marketing.
Though inspired over the years by sculpting and painting of the masters, primarily the abstractionists, Allen chose the camera as his brush. Why? Perhaps Robert Adams in “Why People Photograph” says it best:
“At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are. We never accomplish this perfectly, though in return we are given something perfect—a sense of inclusion. Our subject thus redefines us,and is part of the biography by which we want to be known.”
Allen and his wife, Cindy, live in Houston, where they are members of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, the Houston Center for Photography, and Pixels & Silver, a group of emerging and mid-career Houston photographic artists who meet monthly to critique and discuss their work. Their shared hobbies include cooking, biking, listening to jazz and blues, and enjoying time with friends and family.