Carly Allen-Martin

Carly Allen-Martin describes the message of her work as one of "resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness.” Color is the Dallas-based artist's primary tool for conveying this message, followed by layer and attention to detail. Each painting bares an extraordinary depth, a trail of layers that reveals how each original work came to be. Although oil is Allen-Martin's primary medium, drawing remains critical to her practice. The unapologetic grit of pressed charcoal and the graceful mark of soft pastels combine to create rich surfaces and a remarkably vibrant chromatic experience for the viewer.

Carly Allen-Martin studied at the Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, the European Academy of Fine Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Featured in the Dallas Morning News and LUXE Interiors + Design magazine, the work of Cary Allen-Martin is collected publicly and privately both internationally and across the United States. Public Collections include BBVA Compass Bank and Texas Christian University.

The message of my work is one of resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness. It is about overcoming the obstacles we all face as human beings.


Color is the most important tool that I use to convey that message. You won't find a heavy weight or overpowering darkness in my work. I use bits and pieces of a darker palette because I have found that as in life, on a surface, elements of darkness make the brights shine brighter and the colors read more true. Color is the most important aspect of my work followed by layer and attention to detail.


To me, for a painting to be successful, it needs to have depth and a trail of layers in how it came to be. That is the pathway to the individuality of each piece. It is the resume of where the work has been and how it came to be.


The materials I work with have given me the keys to unlock the surface of each painting that I previously longed for, but was unable to execute. Drawing is a critical element of my expression - I have been drawing these same lines on paper since I was able to hold a pencil. I love charcoal, because it is unapologetic. It doesn't fit into a neat, tidy box. It is messy, and bold, and brings an element of grit to the surface of the piece. The soft pastels have the same effect, but with a more graceful, gentle approach. I love pastels, because there is a purity to their color and richness that I have not found in another material. Oils are the most dominant material I use to deliver the message or narrative to the surface of the work. I have found that paper and panel are critical, because they allow me to create freely without having to work around the fragility of the surface.


Overall, what I am interested in is creating honest, authentic, uplifting work that can thrive in interior spaces, and enriches the lives of both the artist and the viewer. I believe the world needs optimistic work, with which we interact with on a daily basis, that gently nudges us to live more boldly, more considerately, and more authentically as the individuals we were created to be.


2007. Bachelors of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tx, Magna CumLaude

2007. Japanese Art and Culture, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

2006. Mixed Media under Francesca Cataldi, European Academy of Fine Art, Trier, Germany

2003. Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy


Laura Rathe Fine Art - Dallas

Laura Rathe Fine Art - Houston

Artspace111 - Fort Worth


2016. A Hundred Silent Ways - Artspace111, Ft. Worth, Tx

2010. Oil on Canvas, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Tx


2015. "2", Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Odessey Stories, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. New Work, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2014. Love and Muses, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Technicolor, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Night in White, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Fall Gallery Night, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2014. Dream State, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2013. The Abstract Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2012. Grand Opening, Davis & Blevins, Saint Jo, Texas

2012. Chiapas, Perot Museum,  Dallas, Tx

2012. Trans, Mckinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX 2011. Panels and Prints, FWCAC Center, Fort Worth, Tx

2011. FISD Faculty Show,Discovery Center, Frisco, Tx

2007. Translations, TCU Art Professions, Ft Worth, Tx

2005. Art Slam: TCU Honor Society of Artists, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Texas


2015. LUXE via Laura Rathe Fine Art, Summer Issue

2015. Anticipated Cooking Channel, Real Girl's Kitchen

2014. Cooking Channel, Real Girl's Kitchen, Episode "Brunch, Bellinis, and Besties" featured work from Haylie Duff private collection

2014. Style Makers, Editorial, LUXE Magazine, Summer Issue

2012. HGTV Celebrity Homes for the Holidays


2011.  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


The Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tx

Here's the plan - Daily Candy

The Painter - Luxe. Interior and Design

Carly Allen-Martin - Fort Worth, Texas Magazine