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Several years ago, I designed and painted a full stage backdrop for Vacation Bible School at our church. Toward the end of VBS week, our pastor’s wife added to the many complements made by others in a somewhat different way. Her comment to me was, “Oh Allan, that is just beautiful! It looks like it was done by a professional!” I returned with a “Thank you.” and never said aloud what I was thinking, “I am a professional!!! I just choose to paint my face rather than a canvas.” You see, I have painted my face three to ten times a week for over thirty-two years. I am a retired professional clown. For many years, I really have told people that, “I’m a frustrated artist, I paint my face instead of a canvas!”

Since the time I was old enough hold a pencil or a brush, I have been drawing and painting. My father owned a printing business so I had all the scrap paper any artist could want…

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  • Born on October 6
  • Joined October 7, 2010

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Acrylics, oils, canvas, Watercolor, Wood

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Several years ago, I designed and painted a full stage backdrop for Vacation Bible School at our church. Toward the end of VBS week, our pastor’s wife added to the many complements made by others in a somewhat different way. Her comment to me was, “Oh Allan, that is just beautiful! It looks like it was done by a professional!” I returned with a “Thank you.” and never said aloud what I was thinking, “I am a professional!!! I just choose to paint my face rather than a canvas.” You see, I have painted my face three to ten times a week for over thirty-two years. I am a retired professional clown. For many years, I really have told people that, “I’m a frustrated artist, I paint my face instead of a canvas!”

Since the time I was old enough hold a pencil or a brush, I have been drawing and painting. My father owned a printing business so I had all the scrap paper any artist could want. Starting at about seven, I studied with several local artist groups in class settings. Then I studied privately with a prominent local artist for about eight years.

As an adult, I worked in the printing and graphic design industry. I also taught guitar part time and I worked both as a professional and volunteer fire fighter for many years. During this time I painted off and on. Being attracted to the bright colored wardrobes, props, and opportunity of working with people, I started to clown about 1978. I went full time in 1992. I wrote the scripts, designed, built and painted the props and staging for over forty different shows. All my promotional materials were my original design. I also designed and then painted my personal canvas, my face. I have now made the transition back to my roots and training, using paint, pallet, and brush to create pictures and wall art. Much of what I am painting is from my life and work experiences. Please enjoy — I hope you will find a picture you like. Thanks!

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