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ABOUT ME AND MY ART
AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO GAIN FROM IT.

I must be an idealist; because my work seems to revolve, according to my patrons, around harmonious, ideal settings that soothe one's soul. (Please see the testimonials in my RESUME.).

I have always been an artist of sorts (my father was an artist/musician (so it’s probably in my blood)). While I was growing up I did a lot of sketching, wood burning and photographing. With my wife’s encouragement, I finally put my “Doing Business As” notice in the newspaper in April of 1967. We toured the U.S. with the California Professional Artists Society until April of 1977; when I decided that all the hassles of touring around the country were not only taking up too much of my time; but sapping a lot of my strength and dampening my ambition. So we settled down in a small fishing village on the East Coast.

As you will probably notice, I have an affinity for the self-employed commercial fishermen; especially for those working small boats around the coasts of New England, the Chesapeake Bay and the Southeast Coasts.
To better understand my subjects, I have, over the last forty five years, personally built and worked two commercial fishing boats. So I do know my subject materially and emotionally.

I have no idea whether astrology plays any part in this; but I find it interesting that I was born within a few hours of the chronological center of the sign of Aquarius (The water bearer); and that almost every painting, sketch, photograph or video I have been inspired to create or capture has revolved around water; and, also, that my art has a serene ambiance about it. (The Age of Aquarius is: “An astrological era bringing increased spirituality and harmony to the people of the world”.).

Between 1967 and 1994, I painted and sold over 1700 oil paintings and hundreds of fine art photographs. Then I began having major flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Spending long hours in closed rooms filled with paint fumes and caustic darkroom fumes finally caught up with me. My doctors warned me that I had better find something else to do or I was not going to last very long. So, I had no choice if I wanted to continue offering life the way I saw it. I had to learn how to print .

During my career, I took hundreds of high quality transparencies of almost everything I have painted and sketched, and kept every negative (and the rights to publish them), so we are well stocked with subjects to print. My patrons thought enough of my originals to pay some really decent prices for them, and my fine-art-photography hangs in a lot of well-known homes and businesses; so I feel prints of these works will sell well in an archival quality print form. What you see offered here are the best of the thousands of art works I’ve produced and that art collectors have bought from me during my almost half century career as an independent, full time, self-employed artist (the pictures that got the most oohs and awes). So you can be assured they will be appreciated in your place of business, your office or home.

Being an idealist, I use watercolor pigments (not dyes) on a 100% archival watercolor rag which is the finest quality print available. This combination not only lasts for centuries, but keeps its luster.
There is a watercolor on rag print in Italy that is dated 1502 and still looks good. In some galleries, fine art of this quality sells for thousands of dollars.

I also make copies of treasured family photographs and then enhance and print those copies with watercolor pigments on the same 100% archival watercolor rag giving the owners a family heirloom they can pass on for many, many generations.


In case you have not had to have something professionally framed lately a professionally framed, mounted, and matted 16 x 20 print today is $124.00. To make my work more affordable, I do not do custom sizes, but offer only two tastefully put together sizes of prints, matted and framed. A 16 X 20 (for 11 x 14” prints) or 18 X 24 (for 11 X 17” prints). I do all the printing, laminating, matting, framing and packaging myself.

I buy bulk, pre-cut acid free backing, frames and non-yellowing, crystal clear Plexiglas (instead of heavy glass). These materials ship well and are easy and fast for me to assemble. This gives you a valuable, ready to hang classic print for just a few dollars more than you would have to pay to have a print professionally framed.
As I just mentioned, the prints themselves are laminated to protect them against accidents, humidity and fingerprints (something that more and more museums are currently requiring. Also, my prints are not mounted, but, instead, tacked in place by four quarter inch acid free double sided removable pieces of tape, so the print is transferable to another type frame if desired.

When you order my work, you receive not only a valuable work of art at an affordable price; but a complete, ready to hang picture with a tasteful, but simple museum like backing and framing all at a price that is just a little more than a framer would charge for framing it (but, as you’ll see for yourself, no one would guess the price by looking at the work on your wall). It looks very rich and expensive.
I limit my editions to 250 (I’m eighty three now, so these prints are my retirement income), numbering, dating and signing each on the back of the print before laminating them (so the number can’t be tampered with), and as considered standard procedure, also signing and numbering below the print.

I hope you enjoy my portfolio (still in progress) which shows only that part of my life’s efforts I have ready to sell. I also hope you enjoy my resume which gives a history of my professional accomplishments and includes comments by some of my patrons.

Chick Allen