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Hi I'm Allen

I am an artist, a husband, father and grandfather. I grew up in Los Angeles, but now live in Mesa AZ.

About Me

When I was about 10 years old, I received a Christmas present: a book entitled "100 of the Worlds Most Beautiful Paintings". I remember turning through the pages carefully, trying to decide which painting was my favorite. The one that seemed most intriguing to me was Edward Hopper’s “7:00 A.M.” At the time, I couldn’t say what made it special. But in later years, I came to realize it was the painting's quality of light. After studying art at BYU for two years, I enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA. That launched me into my career as an illustrator. For the past 30+ years I have been making pictures for clients across the country including Time Magazine, United Airlines, The Atlantic, NFL, an a lot of others. But my favorite jobs have been the children's books I have illustrated, the most recent of which will be published in 2015. It's called The Tomb Robber And King Tut. Along the way, my wife, Diane and I have raised three kids who who turned out pretty darn great and are now enjoying being grandparents to our three grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon in Los Angeles in the 60's. The lifestyle of most of my friends at school seemed attractive, and what my parents taught me seemed a little stuffy. However, I had an innate sense that my parents were right. I stuck with that feeling. Fifty years later, I'm glad I did. When I was 19, serving as a missionary in Alabama, I truly discoverd the Book of Mormon. It, along with the Bible, has provided me with a lifetime of discovery and direction. I love the Bible, but the Book of Mormon teaches me more about the love of Jesus Christ, His atoning sacrifice, His grace, what he expects of me and what I can do to receive his power in my life than any other book I have ever read. Sometimes I wonder how I can believe in this story of Mormonism. To believe an angel appeared and delivered an ancient record to Joseph Smith?!?! The record was on Gold Plates?! Written in some ancient lost language?! To believe that right now in the enlightened 21st century?! Yes! I do. With all my heart. I find Mormonism to be a challenging, inspiring, pragmatic, practical, visionary philosphy of life. It gives me direction and meaning in life. It teaches me that God is a real, tangible being who knows and loves me and influences my life for good. It teaches me how Jesus Christ is our Savior and how he provides a way for us to change and become better. It teaches me about eternal family relationships in a way that is real and tangible, not just some fairy tale story. For these and countless other reasons, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe we are all children of God, brothers and sisters. The more I keep this in my mind, the more I love my family, associates and even strangers, serving them and treating them with kindness. As a son of divine parentage, I also feel a desire and obligation to develop and increase whatever God has given me. This is one of the reasons I work to be the best artist I can. Finding the miracles of light and space in everyday objects and circumstances and expressing them with paint is one way of living my faith.