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C.E. Allen – Western Artist

About C.E. Allen

Cate Allen was raised in western Colorado. She spent 13 years in the southwest working and raising her two daughters, then returned home to Colorado.  

Although she is a relatively new artist, her life has been continually steeped in art, as several family members were artists, and later her life led her to interact with artisans both as business and for pleasure.

After simply collecting art for years, a friend urged her to try painting. The results have been positive with wins and sales in regional art shows.  Her goal is to study with teaching artists and attempt to portray the west in a manner that tells a story or prompts a memory from the observer.

She has studied with Rachael Kold-Bailey, Robert Martin and Kay Crane.

Her interests are horses, wildlife, contemporary native art, family, skiing, hiking and 4 wheeling.

She now studies almost exclusively with Kevin Red Star.

Selected Affiliations:

The Brush and Palette Club – Grand Junction, CO (Annual Show committee)

Western Colorado Center for the Arts – Grand Junction, CO

Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery – Red Lodge, Montana

Western Art Rodeo Association

Gallery representation:

Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery – Red Lodge, Montana

Dancing Buffalo Gallery – Virginia City Montana

Wind River Gallery – Riverton, Wyoming

Western Art Rodeo Association Online Gallery

Cate finds herself drawing from a diverse pool of experiences when she starts a new painting. She lived in New Mexico and Arizona for 13 years and her various job experiences took her to several of the regions tribal areas. Her family was often invited to ceremonies, pow-wows, and artist events. During this time she collected pieces of art, jewelry, pottery, rugs, but most importantly, memories and relationships.

As a child she was surrounded by a family with several artists and attended club meetings, plein air outings, and art shows.

 Cate and her daughters were active in rodeo and she loves seeing the world from a saddle.

After years in the ski industry as a ski school manager, trainer and program designer, she took a new career adventure, graduating from a grueling para-military style police academy to join the ranks of law enforcement. As a Colorado State Parks Law Enforcement Ranger she spent time in the forests of western Colorado. More recently she served as a reserve deputy marshal in a small western Colorado town.

The constants you will find in her art are bright, bold colors. She interprets the wildlife around her along with unique perspectives of western Americana, and Native American subjects. These can bring the viewer to feel a connection tied to a memory of their own. Cate prices her art in the hope that anyone can purchase an original piece of art for their home. What good is art if you can’t own it?

Contact information

C.E. Allen

P.O. Box 23131 Glade Park, CO 81523

(970) 434-7746


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Website – ceallenart.com

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