Painter follows heart from Malaysia to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Whether it is the signature red stamp, or the bold swaths of color that fills his paintings, Allan Chow's work is difficult to overlook.

The Kansas City artist was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, moved to Texas as a teen and settled in Kansas City as a graphic artist.

But his real love has always been painting landscapes.

"The techniques, the emotions are what I carry with my brush strokes," Chow said.

Chow's father wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and become and engineer, but Chow convinced his family that fine art was a better fit.

"No matter what people say, follow your heart and passion," Chow said.

But Chow will be the first to tell you success doesn't come easily. It wasn't until he was laid off during the great recession of 2008 that he made the leap to palette knife painting as a full time profession.

But is a decision he doesn't regret.

"I sit there in my studio in my own time with my music and zone out and think creatively how to put something unique together," he said.

But Chow is also a small businessman who sometimes has to force himself to step out of his comfort zone to sell his product.

His paintings go for hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.

He also believes in giving back.  His favorite work is something he created for a cancer benefit called Faith.

Chow says every stroke of his knife is an expression of his own energy. His best advice to other artists is to ask ‘What is important?' 

"Persevere, and know and believe in yourself," he said.

For more information about Allan Chow, visit allanchow.com .

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