W. Allan Hancock has had a fascination with the natural world from his childhood days. Allan spent most of his youth in Saskatchewan where abandoned homesteads and the remnants of human heritage also began to leave a lasting impression. Today Allan continues to share these two interests, reflecting on the passing of time and our influence on this world.
Allan’s art career began in 1989 when he accepted a full-time position as a wildlife artist for a greeting card company. He soon found gallery representation and a growing demand for his work. Drawn to its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, Allan moved to Vancouver Island in 1995 to pursue a self-employed art career full-time.
Allan’s artwork has been selected for numerous fund-raising projects for wildlife and habitat conservation purposes. In 1996, he became the youngest artist ever selected as Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Artist of the Year and was honoured with the Waterfowl Art Award. His artwork is also featured on the 2005, 2011 & 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps as well as the 2014 Salmon Conservation Stamp.
Two books prominently feature Allan’s work. Award-winning Canadian poet Patrick Lane requested one of Allan’s paintings for the cover of his compilation of selected poems entitled Witness, while Amazing Animals, a non-fiction book written by Margriet Ruurs, presents fifty of Allan’s paintings depicting a wide range of creatures.
Allan resides on Salt Spring Island with his wife Taryn and their children Ezra and Sage. He is represented by White Rock Gallery in White Rock, BC and Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC. His paintings can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.