At age six, Allen Polt’s first grade teacher, so impressed with his natural talent, arranged the artist’s first one-man show. His gift was acknowledged and his future established. Polt went on to the earn his Degree in Illustrating Arts from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. After graduating, he worked in New York City, drawing black and white portraits for the Wall Street Journal. He continued his studies of drawing and painting under the direction of Frank Reilly of the Art Students League.
In 1974, Allen left Manhattan for a change of pace and found visual inspiration in the landscape of Taos, New Mexico — an art community inundated with landscapes. His masterful paintings have been featured in galleries across the Southwest. Albeit a diversity of subject matter, Polt’s heart kept returning to people (portraiture, Characters of the Old West, and Old Mexico Market scenes). Allen’s ability to capture the essence of his subject’s personality is appreciated through commissioned work throughout the world.
“I can tell you that in the midst of a painting, it’s about the best place I can possibly be.”