Steve Allrich, painting plein air
Steve Allrich on location.

@Steve Allrich

Steve is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied with artist Eugene Hall, painting figures and portraits directly from life, as well as landscapes on location. Plein air painting quickly became Steve’s passion, and the focus of his work. Painting outdoors, Steve strives to capture a feeling of light and a sense of place while maintaining a fresh and spontaneous approach. These location pieces are also often used as inspiration for larger studio works.

From The Copley Society of Boston to Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Steve has exhibited his work in solo shows as well as invitational and juried exhibitions, and won dozens of awards. He was featured on Boston Channel 5's Chronicle: Cape Light; Cape Cod as seen through the eyes of five artists, and his book, Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner (Watson-Guptill Publications) has sold over 50,000 copies. Steve has taught classes and workshops in figure and landscape painting since 1983.

He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Karri McLean Allrich. They have two sons- Colin Cameron Allrich and Alexander Allrich.

Selected one-man shows, juried and group exhibitions

American Artist’s Professional League, New York, NY 
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 
Copley Society, Boston, MA 
Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS 
Francesca Anderson Gallery, Boston, MA 
Allied Artists of America, New York, NY 
Academic Artist’s Association, Springfield, MA 
Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 
Meyer Gallery, Santa FE, NM 
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 
Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA 
Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA 
Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA 
Oklahoma Art Workshops, Oklahoma City, OK 


“Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner” (Watson-Guptill, 1996) 
American Artist feature article “Racing With the Light” (August, 1993) 
American Artist survey article “A Survey of Outdoor Painters” (October, 1988) 
Cape Cod Life “A Modern Impressionist” (July, 1991) 
Review Magazine, 1991 


Studio Four, Chicago, IL 
Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA 
North Shore Art Association, Chicago, IL 
Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA 
Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA 
Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth, MA


Steve is also a screenwriter. His movie The Canyon premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 2009 and had a limited theatrical release. Bad Karma, his second film, was released on DVD in the fall of 2012, and The Timber, recently filmed in Romania, is currently in post-production. He has several other film projects in various stages of development.