Corel Painter Master - Skip Allen

Name: Skip Allen
Occupation/Profession: Retired (Allegedly)
Employer: Freelance
Location: Winston, Georgia
Hobbies: Identifying the local flora and fauna


Skip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with an Emphasis in Pottery from the Memphis College of Art. He was a studio potter for almost three decades and taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi for 21 years. An award-winning artist, he is published in Ceramics Monthly and The Crafts Reports, and has been included in articles from House Beautiful, Mississippi Magazine and Studio Potter.

So, what is his connection with digital art? Skip got his first computer in 1984 and began developing skills in graphics and desktop publishing. He started using CorelDRAW in the late eighties, but didn't discover Corel Painter X until 2008. Since that discovery, Skip has immersed himself in digital art. Passionate about Corel Painter, he is a beta tester and member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council.

Skip is an instructor at the Digital Art Academy, and writes articles for Digital Paint Magazine.

Besides teaching, Skip enjoys making custom brushes for Painter. While he has made Impasto and Liquid Ink brushes, his favorites are Watercolor. His brushes are available for free at his blog Skip Allen Paints.

Says Skip Allen

"The Watcher was painted while on vacation at Saint George Island, Florida. I was sitting on the boardwalk looking at the Gulf lit by the half moon. The sun's light was disappearing and I turned to see the dusky sky. I snapped a picture. As usual, photographs only hint at what my mind's eye was seeing, but it gave me a good reference to start the painting. I love the versatility of Painter. I used my custom watercolor brushes in a non-traditional way with many layers to achieve the moody look."