"Under the Spell of the Low Country"
by Rose Harrison Bowman
Featured Artist -- Rose Harrison Bowman -- February 17 to March 29, 2014
Reception February 21st, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the BAA Gallery (913 Bay St.)
If you live in the area, you’ll probably recognize many of the scenes in my paintings, because most of them were inspired by views seen throughout the sea islands that dot the coast from North Carolina to Florida. The majority of the paintings in this show are based on views seen on Saint Helena, Dataw Island, and Hunting Island in South Carolina.
I came to Low Country on a sailboat in 2000, but soon had to leave, to go back to my job in the Midwest, where I had lived most of my life. Soon I realized that I had left my heart here, where the beautiful Beaufort River meets the sea. I moved here as soon as I could, and that began a very exciting part of my life as an artist.
I love watercolor, especially the glow of the transparency of the medium. I also am fascinated with the unique quality of watercolor which allows the artist to use both soft and hard edges, which can give an impression of in-and-out of focus.
I’m a third generation artist. My father, who attended the Chicago Art Institute, and my grandmother enjoyed painting. A painting done by my dad, when I was a child, is a treasured possession. When I was young I liked to watch my dad paint, but only realized my passion for watercolors as an adult. I began to study art over 30 years ago, and have had many inspiring teachers, as well as encouragement from my fabulous husband, my children and grandchildren, and friends.
After teaching for many years, I became a Clinical Psychologist. I specialized in treatment of survivors of trauma, and I found that the classes I took regarding Art Therapy were very helpful to my clients. I began using art to help them process feelings, to make communication easier, and to promote healing. Soon I began doing “art for art’s sake.” The joy of painting was on the “back burner” for a long time. My family, home, and my work occupied most of my time. At last, I have time to paint almost every day. I’m in love with the Low Country, and everywhere I look I see things I want to interpret in art! On top of that, I’m enveloped in an environment that is not only beautiful, but also very supportive for artists.
I’ve been a Beaufort Art Association member for over 10 years. I have participated in several art fairs in Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort. My work is also currently shown at “What’s In Store” in Frogmore, and at the Visual Arts Club Gallery on Dataw Island. I’m very excited about being the Featured Artist at Beaufort Art Association Gallery from February 17 through March 29. All are welcome to attend my art reception on Friday, February 21, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.