Allen Whiting, born in 1946 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, grew up surrounded by the landscapes he loves to paint. He has a degree in studio painting from Windham College in Vermont, but chose to return to Whiting farms in West Tisbury and Chilmark; creative inspiration and continued stewardship of ancestral land were calling. Preferring to paint outdoors, many of Allen’s paintings begin on small wooden panels as studies for larger canvases. Otherwise, Allen works in his studio housed in a historic building once part of the Dukes County Academy on Music Street in WT.
In 1982 Allen and his wife Lynne opened the Davis House Gallery in their home on State Road in West Tisbury. Here, his prints, drawings and original paintings are on display each summer. His works hang in many private and public spaces around the world. Although Allen has shown throughout the USA and in the Caribbean, "Home is where his heart is."
This portrait of Allen’s life was created by filmmakers David & Barbarella Fokos http://www.saltandsugarproductions.com/, and produced by Chris & Sheila Morse (Morse Productions).
The film made its debut to two sold out screenings at the 2018 MV Film Festival in March, 2018. (www.tmvff.org). It has been shown to sold out audiences at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, at the MV Film Center, at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven and at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport Mass. The West Tisbury Library showed the film on July 10, 2019 to a packed program room.
You can watch the trailer here.