About Roger Allen

I am a professional artist working in the mediums of oil and watercolour. Based in Derbyshire for over 20 years, the dramatic and changing landscape of the Peak District through the seasons provides a constant inspiration for my paintings. The variety of the Derbyshire landscape continues to fascinate me, wild, rugged uplands and softer verdant lowlands, but with man’s impact always present.

The tradition of the Romantic movement in British landscape painting can be discerned in my work, but a long association with farming gives me an awareness that this is a working landscape; realism as opposed to idealism. Usually working ‘en plein air’, I follow the Pre Raphaelite precept of truth to nature as can be seen in my closely observed work. Less well known is my fascination with the urban landscape; whether this be remnants of the industrial past or the developing modern city, but always looking for a defining moment, monumental, dramatic, possibly transient.

Most of my current work is in watercolour which has an immediacy and translucence fitting for landscape paintings. I work with a traditional technique of overlaid washes but push this to the limit to achieve the realistic effects I desire.

I was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School and Trent Park College of Education where I qualified as an art teacher receiving a ‘Distinction’ in Art.

I have exhibited at galleries throughout the Midlands and East Anglia and have paintings in the collections of Derbyshire County Council, The Landmark Trust, Wellingborough Borough Council and Sir Paul Smith, as well as over 500 paintings in private collections from America to Zimbabwe.

I was elected a member of the Northampton Town and County Art Society in 1985 and am a member of Peak District Artisans.