Allen J. Lewis is a native South Carolina. He has been inspired by many artists; but, his first inspiration was his mother. With no formal art training, she would amuse Allen and his siblings by sketching their likenesses. He found her natural ability amazing. Watching his mother draw would influence him to began copying and tracing artwork from the family’s illustrated bible as well as other sources.
Allen's talent was apparent early. He earned a reputation for being amongst the most talented artists in his community and was accepted into several art competitions winning many awards.
He has studied at the University of Maryland University - College Asia, Northern Virginia Community College, The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Georgia State University. He continues to attend demonstrations and workshops with some of today’s most celebrated artists. Always looking for ways to improve, he is an avid reader of art instructional books.
His awards include: the Columbia College Art Merit Award, the Benedict College Art Award, First Place - 2000 Georgia National Fair Art Competition, and First Place - 2003 Stone Mountain Art Station Member Juried Exhibition/Competition #3. Allen was a finalist in competitions held by the Portrait Society of Atlanta and Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, Georgia. More recently, has placed second in the North Light Book Club 13th Annual Cover Competition for his painting Royal Antique.