Sketching in China
Bowen's artwork reflects her philosophy: "To
participate in art is to celebrate life. Our
short existence demands that we give full
attention to art and to life. Being an
artist is both an honor and a responsibility
to spend time wisely in producing the best
Bowen has been
drawing and painting for most of her life.
Her art is an autobiography: subject matter
comes from her own experiences, travel,
sketches, and recollections.
evolve. At times, the transformation is a
slow process. Other times, it can
marvelously "flow" from one stage to another
with little effort. Bowen is delighted that
something could come from "nothing",
that is, from no pre-conceived idea.
Color may be arbitrary, giving the work a
more personal touch. Shapes come out of
negative spaces and these "found shapes"
must work with the "internal logic" of the
East coast born,
Sallie graduated from Lake Forest College,
Illinois in 1968 with a B.A. in Art History.
during college, she studied painting
at the Art Institute of Chicago. Soon after
graduation, she headed to Montana for what
was to be a summer volunteer program in
Boulder. This turned out to be the beginning
of a new life, career, and home.
residing in Montana, she completed a
Master's Degree in Education at the
University of Montana, Billings
while finishing work for a B.A. in
Painting in Japan
combined a sense of adventure along with her
passion for painting. In 1985, she studied
painting in the People's Republic of China
at the Hangzhou's Zhejiang Art Academy.
Her painting travels have also taken her to
Greece, Italy, Turkey, France,
Wales and Japan. She has returned to
France numerous times to paint, speak French
and for the "joie de vivre." and
is looking forward to another French
adventure in 2013. Japan in 2006,
was a fulfillment of a life-long
dream. Inn 2011 are two very different, but
exciting trips: just returned from a sailing
trip with three friends in the British
Virgin Islands, allowed some time to sketch
but mostly to sail, snorkel, and swim.
February 2011 saw a trip to Israel and
Jordan. Petra was most intriguing.
Paul Blumenthal and Sallie, in a
month-long show shared "The Paradox of
Israel from Two Perspectives" in 2011 at the
Main Stope Gallery in Butte, Montana.
have been numerous
and her inclusion in national juried shows
have taken her work to Louisiana,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, Georgia,
Arizona, Tennessee and California.
In 1999 she won the Montana
Watercolor Society's President's
the national juried show
"Watermedia", Best of Show in the Meadowlark
Art Review in Helena, elected to the
Permanent Collection of the Montana
Institute of Art, selected for the Northwest
Artists Calendar in 1991. Her painting
"Prince William Sound" was chosen for the
book cover of Season of Dead Water,
published by Breitenbush. Requested to paint
an Easter egg to be used in the 1986 White
House Easter Egg Roll,
it is now in the collection of the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
She won the Mobil Easel Award in Louisiana
Watercolor Society's International Juried
Exhibit in 1986. Her work is in private
collections in England, Canada, France,
Japan and throughout the U.S.
accepted for the 2007 Northwest Watercolor
Society's Show in Mercer Island, Washington.
Most recently, she received a Second Place
Award for her
"Storm over the butte" watercolor, in
the Butte Copper City Artists' show "Montana
Interpretations" in June of 2011.
to the Nabatean Kingdom"
the Nabatean Kingdom"
was accepted in the 2011 "Watermedia",
a national juried show sponsored by the
Montana Watercolor Society at the Bigfork Museum of Art
& History, Bigfork, Montana. The
inspiration came after a trip to Jordan and
Israel earlier in 2011, visiting the ancient
city of Petra.
Having taught in public schools for over 27
years, Bowen now teaches drawing and
watercolor privately in her studio and gives
workshops around the state.
or to schedule a workshop, please email the
Of her life and career as an
artist, Bowen says "this life is
demanding, varied and satisfying.
To work hard creating art is pure joy.
To be able to travel and do art is just
an added benefit."