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 Iowa adopted me 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.