Allen, Leroy, (Happy Cause I'm Goin' Home)
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"Happy Cause I'm Goin' Home" by Leroy Allen
4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (image size), oil painting -- framed (9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches)
Leroy W. Allen was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. His life was shaped by his Mississippi native parents, Leroy and Ruby, as well as his upbringing in a culturally rich, twelve block community.
After graduation and a military tour in Southeast Asia, Leroy was accepted into the University of Kansas, Lawrence, School of Design, where he graduated with honors. He accepted an artist position at Hallmark Cards a few months later. While there, he met several young talented artists. Leroy's exposure to these artists led him back to school. He studied Fine Art at the Kansas City Art Institute for several years following.
Allen began to exhibit his art competitively in 1991, winning a number of awards in 1991 and 1992. In 1999, he was commissioned to paint the Official Portrait of the mayor of St. Louis Missouri. Leroy was a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the California Watercolor Association, and the Kansas Watercolor Society. He has also been featured in major publications, including the Kansas City Star Newspaper (1991-2001), Lexington Who's Who (2000), Upscale Magazine (1999), Art Business News (2001), and U.S Art (2002).