Loren Allison has studied fine arts for as long as he could hold a crayon. When he was four years old, his grandmother signed him up for art classes at the BEMIS School of Art with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Loren continued taking classes with BEMIS into adulthood, crayons and paper crafts would mold to drawing from life and painting the human figure. He has since become accomplished in a number of wet mediums, most notably watercolor and ink.
Life, as it often is, wasn’t easy for Loren during adolescence. Growing up with a single parent who struggled with serious mental health and financial hardships, he never lived in one place for long, often passed between homes of relatives. Art became the one constant in his ever changing environment, providing a positive outlet he could take with him anywhere.
But for Loren, it wasn’t hard to fall in love with the beautiful sights of his home state Colorado. His family has lived in the city of Colorado Springs since before it’s founding in 1871. He loves traveling Colorado and the world beyond, with a number of his illustrations being inspired by travel and nature. This includes trees, mountains, and wildlife.
Along with the journey of growing up, Loren realized feelings about his body and gender that most little girls never experience. It caused him much distress until he learned what it meant to be transgender. After which, a few years were dedicated in the closet to figuring out who HE was. In 2014 he pursued medical help needed to live as the young man he was meant to be. This led to a dedication to the LGBTQIA+ community. The impact of finding peace with his gender forever shaped a part of his life. Exploration of masculinity and femininity moved him to want to express self love and show audiences the complex nature of being human. Loren shows enjoyment for figure drawings and portraiture and currently enjoys making subtle but impactful illustrations that high-light human intimacy and connection.
Loren has spent time studying art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). He participated four times in an end of semester gallery show held at PPCC’s Downtown Studio Gallery, and has been accredited with awards and honorable mentions each time, and sold one of his award-winning pieces to a private collector. He has also regularly shown at the Manitou Art Center located in Manitou Springs, CO since 2018. His work can also be found on Society6.com and Instagram under his brand and alias, ‘SleepyElk’.