Douglas Allen2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Douglas Allen drew animals at an early age. His parents made frequent trips to New York museums, galleries, bookshops, and zoos, exposing him to the works of Remington, Rungius, Leigh, Pyle, and Wyeth. Whether depicting animals against mountain vistas, glacial lakes, rolling grasslands, or northern forests, his works establish a strong sense of place and mood. Travels in the West, the Canadian Rockies, and Africa are essential sources for future works. The range and significance of his art was recognized in a 1995 retrospective at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey, and in 1999 at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Gallery of Art in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
What artist inspires you? Why?
There are so many, but if I had to chose one it would be Howard Pyle. His teaching methods and thoughts on picture making have inspired many artists. He motivated his pupils to a high level of achievement. N.C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, Philip R. Goodwin, Frank E. Schoonover, Jessie Wilcox Smith, and Maxfield Parrish all benefited from Pyle's theories. His influence touched Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth as well. Even Vincent van Gogh knew of Pyle and kept a scrapbook containing the artist's illustrations.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Not easy as I've been at this business for a long time. I keep a couple of thoughts kicking around and at the last minute pick one.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
Florence and Venice, Italy.