After many years of teaching art, Charlie Allen now devotes his time to painting and traveling. For several years Charlie worked at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; while there, he was asked to copy marine paintings and his interest in oils began leading to portrait commissions. Charlie’s portrait work and oil paintings hang in various institutions and private collections on the North Shore of Boston.
Advertising/illustration, design background and his discovery of oil paints greatly influence his work. His favorite medium is working in pen and ink on paper, sometimes on large surfaces using large brushes. His paintings reflect his interest in light and color at different times of the day.
Several years ago, Charlie was commissioned by the Town of Marblehead, MA to paint Marblehead Harbor as a gift for the Grasse (France) – Marblehead’s twin sister. The painting was presented as a gift to the town of Grasse and is on exhibit at the Grasse City Hall. In 2013, Charlie had a residency at the Villa Il Palmerino (Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino) in Florence, Italy. He spent most of his time there sketching, and from these sketches he returned home to his Salem studio and completed fifteen paintings for a solo exhibit at Marblehead Arts Association.