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Jack Allen was raised in Southern California and attended the world renowned Art Center College of Design. His first job was for Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York City, followed by Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco and others before returning to Young & Rubicam also in San Francisco. Jack then spent 12 years as an advertising photographer in that beautiful city.
From there, he moved to Oregon as a Creative Director for Gerber Advertising and retired in 1990 to paint. Concentrating on acrylic as his medium, Jack painted with acrylics for 10 years before exploring watercolor. The excitement of watercolor as a spontaneous medium appealed to Jack and after attending a workshop by the nationally recognized Frank Webb, he decided to intensify his efforts in watercolor.
Following the admonishment of Webb to paint “acres of paper,” Jack has started on his third acre. Taking inspiration from harbors and lighthouses in Oregon, he has indeed painted up a watercolor storm. Jack lives in Tigard, Oregon with his wife Marge and when he’s not painting, he loves to play golf on the course behind his home.