About Me

About Me

Hi! I’m Bill Allen, the artist behind WB Allen Art. Thanks for visiting my website, I hope you like what you see.

Though I started in acrylic and oil painting, for the past 30 years I’ve practiced what I call the lighter media; pen and ink, pencil, and my favorite, watercolor. These, I’ve found, suit my temperament best.

I was born and raised in Monmouth, Illinois, but adopted Iowa as my home about 30 years ago. Other than my high school art classes (taught by an awesome artist and teacher) and a few classes in college to satisfy the “arts” requirement in my “bachelor of” degree I’ve had little formal training as an artist. My degree was in biology. Art has been a passion I was born with over 50 years ago and I’ve been painting ever since. After 35 years as a scientific researcher, the corporation I was working for offered me the chance to “seek other opportunities”. I took them at their word; so here we are.

I live in Des Moines, Iowa with my amazingly tolerant and supportive wife, Katie and our two little heathens, Moe and Lucy.