Alan Friend has created his own universe and peopled it with characters of his own invention. He owes a debt to the Old Masters but strives to be a New Master creating art for the 21st century. As a self-taught artist, he was aware that John Constable had stated an artist who is self-taught is taught by a very ignorant person, so he studied the Old Masters. Learning technique has allowed him to utilize his imagination to the fullest. Alan Friend works mainly in acrylic, oil, and pen and paper. He has been called “Scotland’s Rising Star” by “Palette Talk” magazine and billed as “Master of the Hypermodern” when guest artist at the “Festival of Colour,” East Renfrewshire, Scotland.