Doreen Koch Allen
Award winning Washington artist and photographer, Doreen Koch Allen, is best known for her exuberant, intuitive and color infused paintings. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media, inclusive of pastels and acrylics, her work is rich in imagination and spontaneity. Doreen’s work is often whimsical and playful, engaging the viewer with rich pattern, textures and color. Her deep love of nature and its offerings of detail, pattern and color, are elements often found in her artwork and photography. Music is also a rich source of inspiration, evoking her works with vivid imagery, mood and creativity. Her work has been exhibited in many local and international shows, where she has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Primarily a self-taught artist, Doreen has also participated in many workshops and classes in Canada and the United States. She has studied watercolor and various other media for many years and also attended Douglas College in Canada, participating in the Fashion Design and Clothing Technology Program. Her love of art and creation began at a very young age, where she would often be found drawing, knitting or simply creating. She is always furthering her practice through experimentation, self-growth and her work continues to evolve and expand.
Her memberships in various art societies have included the Columbia Art League in Missouri, and she is currently an active member of South Hill Artists, Northwest Watercolor Society and Peninsula Art League. Doreen also volunteered as an Art Docent, with the Interurban Center for the Arts, through Green River Community College for 9 years. This program allowed her the opportunity to teach elementary school age children basic art concepts, through art projects derived from influential artist’s works. Through this program, children discovered the wondrous world of art and creativity, a subject near and dear to her heart.
She resides in Edgewood, Washington with her husband and son. Besides her painting, she currently runs and manages three Etsy shops, featuring her art, hand knit items and botanical offerings and creations. Also, along the way, you’ll find her tending her vast flower and vegetable gardens, flock of chickens and kitty.
Juried Exhibitions and Awards (Partial List)
2019 – Western Washington State Fair, 2nd Place Mixed Media “Ebb and Flow”
2019 – Western Washington State Fair, 4th Place Watercolor “Tranquil Waters”
2019 – Itty Bitty Show – Gallery Row, Honorable Mention “Pear”
2019 – 41st Annual Arts of the Terrace, 2nd Place “Harvest Jewels”
2019 – South Hill Artist’s Members’ Show – 3rd Place “Eye on You”
2019 – Peninsula Art League International Open Show – Pacific Ocean Graphics Award “Floating”
2019 – Renton Annual Art Show, Jurors’ Award & Renton Lions Club Award “Mélange” & “Tranquil Waters”
2019 – NWWS Annual International Open Exhibition “Ebb and Flow”
2019 – NWWS Annual Waterworks Amplified Exhibition “Mardi Gras”
2018 – South Hill Artist’s Members’ Show – 1st Place “Floating”
2016 – Peninsula Art League Member’s Show – Best in Show “Nested”
Edgewood, WA 98372 Studio: 253 – 691 – 4498