Sandra Allen draws highly detailed and carefully rendered images of individual trees. Her charcoal and pencil drawings are large scale, often 6 feet (1.8meters) in height or more.
Allen received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth School of Art and an MFA from Yale University School of Art; and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
In 2001 she started her series of tree drawings which she likens to “portraits”. They are represented without their foliage, and she revels in their structure as revealed by shadows of the forms overlapping other forms.
Her work is currently on exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art until January 24, 2010.