A local painter is this month's featured artists for Zanesville Appalachian Art Project.
Don Allen is a native of Muskingum County and before his wife passed away in April, the couple would often travel all over the country, where he would get inspiration for his work.
"We always enjoyed vacation together and enjoyed making trips and taking pictures and a lot of times it became a painting. She was a good critic she would always find things I couldn't," said Allen.
Allen's paintings depict scenes from Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming and more. He primarily uses oils and recently has added acrylic paints into his drawings. He says that some pieces take more time to create than others.
" The picture varies.. some of them come together very easily. It just flows so to speak and others you have to labor and they become more difficult, " says Allen.
Allen has had an interest in painting since the 1970's, and over the years he has taken classes in both Indiana and Illinois to improve his skills. He encourages people to come out to the First Friday Art Walk and visit him at the Z.A.A.P Gallery on Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Allen is a proud member of the Artist Colony of Zanesville.