Chantelle Eloise Allen was born in Humansdorp, South Africa, a small town near Jeffrey’s Bay, where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet. She has experienced both the beauty of South Africa and the humbling effects of poverty. When she was a child her family was held gun point and car jacked in Pretoria, a suburb outside of Johannesburg. From there they moved to Port Elizabeth, and not too long after immigrated to the United States, which was considered to be the ultimate utopia. Allen studied abroad in Australia for 1 year. There she took classes in Sculpture, Painting, and Wind and Water Sports at Avondale Seventh-Day Adventist College. Allen returned to Michigan to get a double major in Fine Art and Art Education at Andrews University, located in a rural town called Berrien Springs. Here, she was inspired by the simple, yet highly efficient farming community. She continued her studies, receiving an MFA from Academy of Art in San Francisco and currently is a professor at Andrews University, along with teaching Life Drawing at the Krasl Art Center in Saint Joseph, Michigan. In her current “Iophobia” series of oil paintings, Allen explores themes of being female, the middle and lower class and the fear of loosing the perfect Utopian Society. She also appreciates and captivates the rural, small town Americana.