Allison was born in Alabama in the mid twentieth century, the youngest of four children. His father was involved in a variety of business enterprises but eventually became self employed and moved his family to Missouri. There Mr. Allison attended public school. He was a typical young man, a good student, involved in sports, theater and other school activities. He showed an early interest in the arts and was very imaginative and creative.
After high school, Mr. Allison received his under graduate degree in English from a small mid-west college. Like his father before him, he too, dabbled in several business ventures out of college, and he too, became self employed at an early age.
As time permitted from Mr. Allison’s busy personal and business life, he took a great interest in art and artists. He taught himself to paint by observing others, picking up professional techniques as he went along. A private person, not seeking nor desiring fame or notoriety, Mr. Allison’s work has been shown in many galleries and exhibits in the United States. He says he painted for years for his own pleasure, but at the urging of family and friends, agreed to share his work with others. His paintings exhibit the joy he has in life. He tries to express this joy and gratitude with color and design in his art.
R. Allison resides in Kentucky with his wife and has three children and four grandchildren.