Allen strives to render the fleeting patterns of light and shadow with the simple purpose of preserving the reality of a landscape or still life in a moment in time and season.
Utilitarian objects and often overlooked elements in the landscape become his inspiration. They are transformed into portrait-like images that evoke a sense of dignity and importance. The subject is emphasized by his process of simplifying the geometry of the composition while maintaining structure and line.
Allen received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. This culminated many years of artistic interest and creativity. His work continues to gain recognition. He has exhibited in numerous juried art shows, receiving various awards. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections across the country.