For thirty years, she pursued a career in educational publishing, lastly as Creative Director for a major children’s publisher. In 2007 she left to pursue painting full-time.
Art became Allen’s passion when, in 1983, she painted her first portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He soon became the focus of her artwork. In 2009, the year of the Lincoln Bicentennial, CNN aired an interview about Allen’s unique career. Her work has also been featured at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., alongside Lincoln portraits by Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, and Norman Rockwell. In recent years, her work has been exhibited at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and the Lowes Statehouse in Annapolis, Maryland.
Allen serves on Board of Directors for The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, and The Lincoln Forum, and is working on Main Street Gettysburg’s Baltimore Street Revitalization Project. She is also the founder of the Fellowship's Taps program, One Hundred Nights of Taps Gettysburg.
She currently divides her time between her home in New Milford, Connecticut, and her studio/gallery, Lincoln Into Art, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The Washington Post published an article about my work.