Chris Allan’s Bio

I was born, adopted and then raised in Canada to the age of 14. After moving to the U.S. in 1980 with my family, I completed my education, went overseas to Africa teach for a couple of years traveled a lot, became a freelance writer and photographer, and then finally a high school teacher in California, At this point, I have retired from teaching and am delighted to have much more time to dedicate to this wonderful craft as a Sierra Foothills-based photographer.

My primary goal is to create art that touches people in any kind of emotional, intellectual, spiritual way. I first started taking pictures of family, friends and various adventures with my father’s old Minolta in the early 1980’s.  Back then, I was purely self-taught and didn’t have much extra money for good equipment and processing. However, there was nothing I liked better than being outside exploring the world through my lenses.  

As the years progressed, I became established as a freelance writer and photographer, even as I worked to improve my knowledge of both the painterly and photographic canons.  My articles and images were published in numerous publications, while book and CD covers, non-profit organizational photography and stock photography got added into the mix as well.  I have also enjoyed teaching photography over the years to high school students.

In 2013, I had my first solo show “Rainbow Connection” at the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center.  Since then, I have completed the General and Fine Art Photography programs at Cosumnes River College, and my photos have been exhibited in Elk Grove, Roseville, Folsom, Sacramento, Clarksburg, Woodland, and San Diego.  Additionally, I have been honored with a variety of awards in regional juried exhibits, including Elk Grove Artists, Viewpoint Gallery, AARP LGBTQ Art Competition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and the California State Fair.  

Abstract nature images, urban reflections, the plight of animals in captivity and experimental digital art techniques are some of my current projects and passions.  I work in a meditative way to be as present with whatever subject lies before me and to find ways to go deeper with them. At this point I do almost all of my own archival matting, printing and framing and increasingly enjoy the choices open in this area of the craft.

Thank you for reading my bio. For more information, please see my resume.