Charles Howard (Howdy) Allen
This painting of a gray and stormy sky, with gray waves breaking on the beach, and a large flock of Brandts flying towards the tip of Bolinas Headlands and Duxbury Reef, is a classic view from Brighton Beach.
The artist, Charles Howard (Howdy) Allen, came from a family with a long affiliation with Bolinas and Stinson Beach. The Allen family established an important Marin County real estate company, which also marketed lots on Sea Drift in Stinson. Charles Howard was also well known for his local environmental projects. The Allens were part of the close-knit Bolinas summer colony and stayed with the Hep Wilkins family (who owned the former Southworth house) before buying their own house in Stinson Beach.
Charles Howard Allen’s sons, Wheatley and Peter, were both established local sculptors. Bolinas Museum’s Permanent Collection holds a Wheatley Allen bronze sculpture (Snow Goose). Wheatley learned to carve birds in wood from his father, Charles Howard. Peter Allen was a member of the Stinson Beach community, where he raised his family, and was a local surfer.