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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sallie Bowen's artwork reflects her philosophy: "To participate in art is to celebrate life. Our short existence demands that we give full attention to life and our surroundings. Being an artist is both an honor and a responsibility to spend time wisely in producing the best work."
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. Her paintings 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.

Background: East coast born, Sallie graduated from Lake Forest College, Illinois in 1968 with a B.A. in Art History. Weekends 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.
Living in Montana, she completed a Master's Degree in Education at the U-M Billings and completed her B.A. in Fine Art.
Combining a sense of adventure along with her passion for painting, in 1985, she spent two months as a student at the Zhejiang Art Academy in the People’s Republic of China studying Chinese landscape painting.
Painting travels have also taken her to, Wales, England, France, Turkey, Japan, Israel, and Jordan. Japan in 2006 was the fulfillment of a life-long dream.

In 2011 were two very different, but exciting trips: a sailing trip with three friends in the British Virgin Islands, allowed some time to sketch, but mostly to sail, snorkel, and swim.
The Israel/Jordan trip resulted in a dozen paintings and a shared show with Paul Blumenthal that summer entitled, “The Paradox of Israel.”

Bowen has returned to France numerous times to paint, speak French and for the "joie de vivre." She began studying French in 7th grade and continues in French conversation and reading. Her most recent trip in 2013, she visited Champagne, the places where her maternal ancestors lived; Switzerland and a river cruise down the Rhone from Lyons to Arles in France. That summer of 2013, her work from France was shown, “Finding Montana in France”, comparing similarities of landscape and subjects.

Having taught in public schools for over 27 years, Bowen teaches privately in her studio and around the state.
Of her life and career as an artist, Bowen says "this life is thoroughly exciting, 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."

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