Two artists with a shared passion: Paying homage to nature, native culture and the beauty of imitating life.
Allen Eckman was born in South Gate, California in 1946.
After graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in 1965, Allen enlisted in the Marine Corps. Four years later, he was a Sergeant E-5 and a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. When Allen left the military, he began pursuing his lifelong passion: art and design. He completed his formal education at Art Center College of Design (Advertising Art) in 1974.
He met and later married Patty (Tenneboe) Eckman. They met while attending college. Patty majored in illustration and shares her husband’s passion for art and design. She was born in Brookings, South Dakota, in 1950 and grew up in Rapid City.
The couple owned and operated a small advertising company in the Los Angeles area, where they raised their three children. Twelve years later, Allen and Patty decided they had enough of their stressful advertising careers. So they set out on a whole new career path, opening up an exciting and different world for both of them: the fine art of cast paper sculpture. Allen discovered the medium as an art director while photographing a brochure. He instantly recognized the purity, warmth, and most of all, the possibilities this medium had to offer.