ALLEN DOUGLAS was educated at Syracuse University and has been freelancing as an artist for over twenty-two years for many notable editorial and book publishing clients, including Penguin Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Disney Hyperion, Bookspan, Wizards of the Coast, Weekly Reader, and Realms of Fantasy.
His artwork has been recognized by many prominent juried illustration competitions including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, Ballistic Publishing and Step-By-Step Graphics. His studio is located in Rochester, NY on the southern shores of Lake Ontario.
When not working on commercial illustration assignments, Allen is creating artwork that, while firmly dwelling in the realm of imaginative realism, plays homage to the natural world, depicting animals in both a familiar and unexpected way. He often turns to folklore for the concepts of his work and distorts size relationships, environments, or the animals themselves to create visions that are truly unique, while at the same time paying homage to animals' natural physical attributes and behaviors.