Allan is a self-taught artist born in St. Lunarie-Griquet, on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.
He began painting at the age of 9.
As the son of an inshore fisherman,
he grew up around boats, fishing stages, wharfs, etc. He was inspired by the rugged beauty in the world around him and began to capture it on canvas. Scenes that reflect traditional Newfoundland culture and landscapes remain the primary subject matter
for his paintings. His love for life
around the salt water is clearly
evident in his artwork.
Allan is also an experience art
instructor. He teaches watercolour painting classes at College of the
North Atlantic in Clarenville, NL, and weekend workshops at House of Diamonds Art Studio in
Glovertown, NL., and at his own
studio in Lethbridge, NL.
While Allan has experimented with a variety of mediums, he prefers to
work in watercolours. Most of his
original paintings are in private collections across Canada, United States, Great Britain, Switzerland and Germany. Allan resides in Lethbridge, NL., where he recently opened his own art gallery and studio.