The Painting & Drawing Art Studio of Rome was founded in November, 2009 by the American painter Timothy Joseph Allen who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years. He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. He has also been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006.

His medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are principally inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque. Of special importance to his process is painting from life: “I enjoy painting most when the presence of the subject and the passage of time combine to add urgency to my analysis, intuition and performance.

In recent years his work has been pre-selected and/or selected in several international competitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition in Barcelona, the World Wide Kitsch online painting competition, and the BP National Gallery Portrait Competition in London.

To understand best what Tim can teach you, please have a look at his paintings and drawings.

Tim in his studio in November, 2017. Photo by Jeanne G.


The mission of the school is to teach each student the principles of drawing and painting so that he or she may create an image from observation that results in a convincing illusion of likeness and spatial dimension on a two-dimensional surface.

As Leonardo says:

The first object of a painter is to make a simple flat surface appear like a relievo, and some of its parts detached from the ground; he who excels all others in that part of the art, deserves the greatest praise.

To best satisfy this mission, all lessons are taught from life, with models for the Portrait Painting, Figure Painting and Figure Drawing classes, and still-lifes or casts for the Fundamentals class. No photographs are allowed!


The school specializes in the following courses:

  • Beginning Drawing: Working from a Still-Life
  • Beginning Painting: Working from a Still-Life
  • Figure Drawing
  • Portrait Painting in Oil
  • Figure Painting in Oil

For detailed information on each course, please see the Courses page.